MARK BARROTT

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JIM CAR­ROLL

Sketches from an Island 2 In­ter­na­tional Feel ★★★

The island in ques­tion is Ibiza, which the pro­ducer for­merly known as Fu­ture Loop Foun­da­tion has called home for the past cou­ple of years. It’s clear that the more laid-back and chilled-out side of the island, as op­posed to the he­donism that makes all the main­stream head­lines, has had a huge ef­fect on Barrott’s mind­set when it comes to mak­ing mu­sic. Sketches from an Island 2 is cov­ered in Balearic glad tid­ings, a record full of dap­pled golden touches, bliss­ful sun­set vibes and chilled soft-focus haze. The tracks are sim­ple and un­adorned. Through­out, Barrott’s mu­si­cal mood­boards are full of re­minders from the nat­u­ral and eco­log­i­cal land­scapes that sur­round him on the island and put the case that these, as much as any­thing else, are worth pon­der­ing about. sketch­es­fro­man­is­land.com

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