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Galapagoose - Don't Break the Spell
Published:
Mar 20, 2012
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Melbourne's  monikered Galapagoose (real name Trent Gill) has released an adventure of an album, full of twists and turns. Commitments is the debut full-length release from Galapagoose, after touring and an extended visit to the States during 2011 saw him settle in New York. It was while living there that he performed and collaborated with the similarly beat-inclined  Daedelus, giving him even more ideas to add to his already overflowing creative set.

Commitments is a fantastically produced album -- fitting given the high regard Gill's developments in live performance software are held in. Recorded over 6 short weeks, Gill draws on various influences, from jazz to psychedelia to electronica. The album has a very DIY and experimental feel to it, using a combination of sampling, home-made percussion and looping. Similarities to fellow Australian and current Stones Throw Records resident Jonti abound.

Opening track "Don't Break the Spell" sets off frantically. Looped vocals and hypnotic beats weave around each other before calm interludes divide the madness. This is a great indication of what follows, with each track a fascinating journey into the world of experimental music and production. The slower "Rhizome," while still irregular, gives off a more inflective vibe. Echoing vocals and restless, scattered percussion complete this somewhat downbeat composition. The album is a deep one, with the fluctuating tracks designed to flow smoothly.

Galapagoose has a wealth of talent and creativity that any beat-creator would be envious of. Commitments is an LP which will give any lover of experimental music a kick, this one included.
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