Al­bum Re­views

Night Time Sto­ries

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The de­but al­bum from Lon­don-based pro­ducer, Lei­fur James, is cer­tainly an im­mer­sive one. His LP fol­lows two im­pres­sive sin­gle re­leases and finds him ex­plor­ing an ex­pan­sive sound­scape that wel­comes di­ver­sity and ex­per­i­men­ta­tion with equal vigour. Sub­tly weav­ing through var­ied tex­tures, James ef­fort­lessly sews to­gether el­e­ments of elec­tron­ica, clas­si­cal, jazz, blues, soul and world mu­sic to create a rest­less and fas­ci­nat­ing mesh of styles. Dubby synths sit be­side warm pads, hazy gui­tars, jazz breaks, lush keys and suc­cu­lent bass as the Lon­doner finds an at­mos­phere that is at once laid­back, en­er­getic and pur­pose­ful. His in­stru­men­ta­tion has a soft, cush­ioned feel, adding va­ri­ety and in­trigue while al­low­ing us to sink into his beau­ti­fully lay­ered ar­range­ments. James’ abil­ity to con­jure up the feel­ing of space in this al­bum is as­ton­ish­ing. Swathes of the al­bum feel stretched out, low-slung and im­pro­vi­sa­tional. It brings up the feel­ing of a smoky jazz club but also al­lows in­di­vid­ual in­stru­ments the space to oc­cupy our full at­ten­tion and to lead us off down a hazy path be­fore be­ing pulled back in once again through the record’s per­pet­u­ally shift­ing tra­jec­tory. Mo­ments of bliss­ful, struc­tured in­ten­sity are jux­ta­posed with still­ness – dark and light; loud and quiet. It’s in these un­ex­plored gems that James re­veals the most of the imag­i­nary world we glimpse in this mag­nif­i­cent record. A won­der­fully ac­com­plished de­but, A Louder Si­lence in­tro­duces a sin­gu­lar artist who rev­els in play­ing with bound­aries.

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