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Dawn Golden, Still Life (Mad Decent Records)




Dawn Golden, Still Life (Mad Decent Records)
CD Review 5/15/2014

05/15/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Dawn Golden, Still Life (Mad Decent Records)

Chill-down music for androids lazing at a Coldplay afterparty. Chicago DJ Dexter Tortoriello is the solo guy at this helm, discovered by Diplo at the height of his Katy Perry relevance, which led to (from what I can tell) Tortoriello assisting on a few of Diplo’s big-radio beats. But that’s got little to do with this set of lonely, pensive tunes, really, all of which incorporate some level of slow-dripping-in-the-cave percussion and/or piano-ringout bum-out-edness, Tortoriello’s voice trying to out-weary Chris Martin at every step, an approach that’s as gimmicky as Bon Iver’s when Tortoriello goes off into full-on mumble-mode. All the depressing slowness and glitch-worship is offset by the multiple techno/electro layers, including the Autotune-ish effects on his voice, which show up a little too often for my liking, but then again, let’s face it, we’re living in an Autotune-tolerant world. All in all, this tends to sound like a Daedalus-produced remix of Radiohead’s most plodding tunes, which would certainly intrigue some people, I suppose. B- — Eric W. Saeger
 





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