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ARTIST
TITLE
Amazing Things
FORMAT
2LP

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DSR 098LP DSR 098LP
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RELEASE DATE
7/2/2013

Gatefold double LP version. After the well-received and career-spanning compilation that was 2011's Ambient Selections (DSR 088CD/LP), John Beltran returns with Amazing Things. This 17-track album sees the man draw on his lifetime in music to craft an immediately timeless body of work that's stuffed with genuine musicality, pregnant with emotion and laden with organic blissfulness. Despite new tools and techniques, Beltran's touch still shines through in his floating arrangements, opposing textures and organic resonance, as do the continued influences of favorite artists including Four Tet, Thom Yorke, and Johnny Greenwood. Tracks like opener "Retrouvailles" immediately submerge you into a utopian world with the distant sound of a playground coming over like the backdrop to a daydream, while more kinetic, splintered efforts like "Het Leven Is Mooi" recall the aforementioned patchwork beauty of Four Tet, and "Flower Power Nuclear Submarine" carries you along on a warm summer breeze. Importantly, dark is contrasted with light throughout, so more sombre, melancholic drifts like "For Vangelis" sit next to the more uplifting violins and raindrop melodies of "Broken Machines." Overall a mature and hugely resonant album for grown-ups, Amazing Things is full of just that.