Sub­tle Ver­tigo 7/10

UNCUT - - New Albums I’m New Here - Retro synth-funk meets high-class chill­out SAM RICHARDS”

Mark Bar­rott’s ex­cel­lent re­cent al­bums Sketches From A Small Is­land (Vols 1 & 2) were an at­tempt to re­claim Balearic chill­out mu­sic from the gurn­ing hordes. That mis­sion con­tin­ues here, with a new sign­ing to his In­ter­na­tional Feel la­bel. Not that Scott Gilmore, a res­i­dent of LA’s San Fer­nando Val­ley, has ever been to Ibiza, nor strolled down many of the Euro­pean boule­vards and for­est trails he at­tempts to evoke on this imag­i­nary trav­el­ogue. It means that his mel­low homages to pas­toral Krautrock and ’60s ex­ot­ica sound faintly, in­trigu­ingly off, Gilmore’s use of prim­i­tive synths and reel-to-reel tape lend­ing them a woozy sheen that re­calls fel­low Cal­i­for­nia dreamer Mild High Club.

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