Loess: Burrows

Nonresponse, 2009

Burrows cover

This compilation of Loess rarities and unreleased material, old and new, is a pleasant surprise. Bass-heavy beats on “Lull” meld with shifting, atonal electronic horns. “Schoen” is more low-key, with layers of drones and rattling percussion. “Troper” picks up the pace again with a hip-hop beat. Two lines of breathy notes form a duet of sorts.

“Bud” feels new, contrasting dubby reverb with a flat tapped beat. “Selkuth” is long, but indistinct. I feel like it’s always on the verge of melody. “Spetaelska” is obviously influenced by Boards of Canada, sounding like a warped music box. Nyckel is more original, with instrumentation that feels Middle Eastern. “Cyanor” is even better, with encompassing treble organ and pulses of distortion.

This album strikes me as a celebration of the past ten years of electronica. For the most part, these sounds no longer seem futuristic, but they make for a good Sunday morning listen. Who would have thought IDM would become my comfort music?

As a side note, it’s great to see Loess’ Nonresponse label resurrected after a five-year absence. The new Proem album Till There’s No Breath is straight-up IDM as well.

3/5 stars

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4 Comments

Concise review. Now if only my cd would arrive I could listen to it in all it's glory.

Troper appears to be the loess remix of chrometaphor by gridlock.... or am I getting confused here?

This album strikes me as a celebration of the past ten years of electronica. For the most part, these sounds no longer seem futuristic, but they make for a good Sunday morning listen. Who would have thought IDM would become my comfort music?

Too true. Nice blog btw

Their eponymous release and follow up CD - Wind & Water on the n5MD label brought comparisons to Boards of Canada. Even a mix and mingle of odds and ends at this moment will double doubt a thread of fall off if any. I'll tell you more upon hearing a copy.

some really beautiful mesmerizing tracks on this album.....
nice refreshing surprise