Having only heard a handful of Tim's previous albums and collaborations I wasn't expecting the electronica we find on Buzzle.
Still present is the graceful musical craftsmanship, but this work is
not especially understated and is very different to, say, the sad slow
piano on The Perfect Flaw.
The first thing that struck me in the opening track “Rota” is how the
walking echoey guitar notes sound like the theme to an old detective
series. Images of American city streets with people out for the evening
also came to mind, and if you listen carefully there are conversational
voices in the background. There's something indefinably off kilter
about the slopey bass notes, moody percussive rhythm and drums, searing
pads and effects that hint all is not what it first appears.
There's a mixture of rhythm and melody dominated tracks with
some beatless ambient ones. It's as though we're being shown various
scenes of city life. What all tracks have in common though is a curious
evocative quality, curious because it's usually difficult to put one's
finger on what exactly is being evoked. The overarching quality of the
album is mystery and a slightly disquieting sense of anticipation for
In the ambient piece “Otherize” crackling and then quivering
notes sounding like morse code signals lead into an atmospheric
section. Here heavy dull notes periodically drop into the soundscape
and assorted electronic washes, quivering sound waves, and occasional
tinkles paint a somewhat abstract scene. On this track -- and many
others -- repeated listens will coax out more subtle details; in this
respect a good pair of headphones would work best.
Buzzle is an album easily enjoyed. More satisfying still is to
dig below the surface to appreciate the excellent musical construction.
Also, Tim's one of the few artists who can subsume gentle quirkiness
and cheeky humour in the music without it sounding out of place or
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