"The Boats are a duo consisting of Craig Tattersall (ex-Hood, The Remote Viewer) and Andrew Hargreaves (Tape Loop Orchestra) as well a rotating roster of guest musicians and vocalists. While Ballads of the Research Department is their 12k debut, it follows up a string of critically acclaimed and genre favorites such as Sleepy Insect Music (Flau/Home Normal), Words Are Something (Home Normal), and limited editions released on their own Our Small Ideas imprint. With The Boats, 12k, who continues to move away from the "electronic" tag, further plays the line between experimental electro-acoustic sounds and structured music creating an intoxicating hybrid of instrumentation, vocals, electronics, piano and drums. On Ballads... The Boats are joined by long-time collaborator Danny Norbury who supplies cello throughout the four extended songs on the album. From Flau Records, Japanese vocalist Cuushe drapes her soft voice over the gentle "The Ballad of Indecision" accompanying its warmly pulsed beat, hazy textures, strings and synthetic blinking. On "The Ballad of Failure" Chris Stewart's voice alongside the acoustic drums and harmonies flirt with a mixture of shoegaze and ambient music, encapsulating the album's enveloping and dreamy atmosphere perfectly." (label info)
in stock | US| 2012| 12K | 13.90

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