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Beyond techno: a sound in transition - (Jewel case edition)
A Catch In the Voice marks something of a transition for Somfay. Though it does feature some techno stylings, these are more subtle, forming a structure through and over which melodies flow. This time around, Somfay meanders through the no man’s land between genres like ambient, IDM and techno, blending new inspirations with a touch of the old. If Boards of Canada were to collaborate with James Holden or Minilogue, the output might vaguely resemble this. Whatever stylistic labels one may apply, the 16 tracks on A Catch In the Voice are infused with peculiar energy and complex emotion.
A concept album with a unifying mood
Somfay eschews the boundaries of genre in favour of exploring an idiosyncratic sonic environment with a distinctly otherworldly feel. He employs unusual recording techniques to achieve unique textures, evoking a state of reverie where one is no longer sure where reality ends and dreams begin. With its complex atmospherics and cinematic soundscapes of epic proportions, A Catch in the Voice oscillates between the meditative and the rhythmic, all the while tinged with some indefinable blend of mystery and nostalgia. If it is true that poetic qualities reside in the potential of a work to yield multiple interpretations, then Somfay’s latest will continually reward listeners with new revelations over time. “Some stories leave room for interpretation and A Catch in the Voice intends to be one where the experiencer is the catalyst for new meaning to be formed,” says Somfay. “For each person, a new story is created within them—and only them—and remains there subject only to external interpretation. As with all perception, there is no way to tell if we are all experiencing the exact same thing, and this album builds upon that and will ultimately be a personal and individual experience for every listener.”
The album is now available on CDBABY! You can find the collectible limited edition here (http://cdbaby.com/cd/somfay):
The regular version is here: