Nate Connelly - A Dream About Being Lost (Review)
Review by Jack Foley
NATE Connelly is a self-taught songwriter, musician, composer and producer.
Initially influenced by the likes of Pink Floyd, The Prodigy, Orbital, Portishead and Tricky, Nate started experimenting with reel-to-reel tape, hardware sequencers and analogue synths from an early age before performing live electro, drum and bass and techno with his brother at parties and warehouses across Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester in the late 90’s and early 00’s.
He has developed his sound still further for the release of his long-awaited debut album, A Dream About Being Lost, which finds him experimenting with electro soul, ambience and electronic music in general. The result is an album that never hits you square in the face but rather slowly worms its way into your subconscious and gets better the more you hear it.
Billed as a wistful, beguiling blend of the organic and the electronic, this opens in moody, almost dream-like fashion with Some Faith, which combines subtle beat arrangements with barely there female vocals and minimalist electronics. It’s haunted yet beguiling. But it immediately has you interested.
You Echo continues in soulful, almost melancholy fashion… a sombre piano arrangement ushering in the track before sliced beats crash about it like waves. The male vocal here is similarly haunted and contains a sense of longing that lingers.
Pemberton adds her husky vocals to Tired Waiting, which again contains a sense of longing. But unlike the first two tracks, this one struggles to register as strongly.
But the enjoyment factor is quickly restored with Similar To A Simulated Situation, which opens amid a retro sample before playing around with insistent electronic grooves and slick beats. When Connelly steps up the pace, he occupies a compelling place on the dancefloor (with a hint of Bonobo).
Further highlights come in the form of the serene Safe From Twelve, which drops a fragile set of female vocals over echoed harmonies and hushed electronics, the Amy Robina featuring title track A Dream About Being Lost, which has a wistful beauty about it, and Deadmen, which unfolds like Kate Bush on a blissed out comedown from a particularly long joint session.
In short, Connelly has put together a consistently intriguing album of alternative electronic music that rewards the patient listener while setting himself up as an artist of huge potential.
Download picks: Some Faith, Similar To A Simulated Situation, Safe From Twelve, A Dream About Being Lost, Deadmen
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