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Karl Hyde - Edgeland (2013) FLAC

Date: 8.02.2014 | Electro, Pop | Tags: Synth Pop, Ethereal, Experimental, FLAC, LOSSLESS, Karl Hyde | Download Karl Hyde - Edgeland (2013) FLAC for free.
Karl Hyde - Edgeland (2013) FLAC

As a lifelong Underworld fan I had doubts about a solo album from vocalist Karl Hyde. The groups last LP, Barking, was a mess, marred by guest collaborations and a shift away from electronica towards mainstream pop, with Hydes trademark snapshot vocals squeezed flat in the process. The prospect of his solo debut Edgeland felt like a retaliatory vanity project - a tour around his favourite spots on the fringes of the capital - and one that could further taint the benchmark set by Underworld over the last three decades. Well, panic over.

Karl Hyde - Edgeland (2013) FLAC
Synth Pop, Ethereal, Experimental | Universal Music UK
Lossless | FLAC | unmixed | 2013 | 00:57:48 | 371 Mb

01. Karl Hyde - The Night Slips Us Smiling Underneath It's Dress
02. Karl Hyde - Your Perfume Was The Best Thing
03. Karl Hyde - Angel Café
04. Karl Hyde - Cut Clouds
05. Karl Hyde - The Boy With The Jigsaw Puzzle Fingers
06. Karl Hyde - Slummin' It For The Weekend
07. Karl Hyde - Shoulda Been A Painter
08. Karl Hyde - Shadow Boy
09. Karl Hyde - Sleepless
10. Karl Hyde - Dancing On The Graves Of Le Corbusier's Dreams
11. Karl Hyde - Final Ray Of The Sun
12. Karl Hyde - Slummin' It For The Weekend (Brian Eno Mix)
13. Karl Hyde - Cut Clouds (Figures Remix)

Fleshed out with contributions from Brian Enos session guitarist Leo Abrahams, Edgeland features Hydes most potent lyrics to date and sets them to powerful, inventive pop melodies. Its without doubt one of the strongest records the Romford wordsmith has been involved with for years.

The songs on Edgeland brim with life, closer to the cool Eighties beats of Hydes first band Freur but with the echo of Underworld still in their bones.

Opener The Night Slips Us Smiling Underneath Its Dress is hypnotic art-pop built from shrill piano scales and booming drums, Hyde fetching up somewhere in Zone 5, back to his brilliant ranting self. Here comes Batmans boy walking fast from a party/Machine gun talking to a friend,, he groans as Gregory drops bass slabs and a guitar line so sweet itd make Joe Satriani purr. Shoulda Been A Painter is even more driven; an orchestral cousin to Underworlds Kittens, Hyde shouting over guitars, computer beeps and a 4/4 dance beat. In spite of its aggressiveness, its not the most immediate track here - teaser The Boy With The Jigsaw Puzzle Fingers whips itself into a euphoria with wrinkled digital drums, squelchy bass and some of Hydes most beautiful lyrics yet. Metal windmills turn in lazy crazy white against the broken sky/Its not the end of the world, he sings as the video follows him hiking around the Hackney marshes.

Its the slower tracks where Edgeland really comes to life. Released to coincide with documentary The Outer Edges, which follows the River Roding from Essex to the Thames estuary, the songs become more life-affirming when Hyde studies his homeland through a microscope. Angel Café and its bubbling white noise find Hyde looking at the breakfast menu, squealing over harpsichord and delivering his straightest lyrics yet (In the Angel Café/Something sweet to start the day/Sometimes I dont want to be good/Just for one day). Your Perfume Was The Best Thing is a sparkling, happy description of the out-of-body experience he had when nearly hit by a car. This is how the slow moments on Barking should have been done: blissed-out guitar tabs and Weeds that explode like dreadlocks on Slummin It For The Weekend; the gloomy piano and sharpened knives on Cut Clouds, where Hyde drags his voice as he sings of Your kiss on my mind/Like a thief/Stealing time

'I think we cover areas the other one doesnt,' said Hyde prior to Edgelands release when asked why hed worked with Rick Smith, his Underworld partner, for 33 years. Smith recently scored Danny Boyles movie Trance, supplying string orchestrations and pounding techno. Hyde has branched out even further with this, managing to echo both the resonating beats of Second Toughest In The Infants and the cool cityscapes of Hats, The Blue Niles love-letter to Glasgow. A joyous but intricate album, Edgeland is a perfectly paced outlet for Hydes cryptic urban snapshots.

Karl Hyde - Edgeland (2013) FLAC

Karl Hyde - Edgeland (2013) FLAC
Karl Hyde - Edgeland (2013) FLAC
Karl Hyde - Edgeland (2013) FLAC
Karl Hyde - Edgeland (2013) FLAC
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