Testbild!: Aquatint - Album of the Month - July 2010

~ Tuesday, 6 July 2010
Aquatint is not so much an album as a soundtrack, a conceptual piece that has as much to do with art and sound as it does with music. It is what we have came to expect from the Malmo based collective Testbild!. Their music has always been on the edge of sheer brilliance and total annoyance but I've always fell on the side that these guys are borderline geniuses. The music is born from folk foundations with hints of electronica and a new wave psychedelic haircut. This is an album that is good for the soul. It is calming and captivating without being pretentious.

I don't for one minute think that this will appeal to a wide audience. I mean is has no singles or radio hits on it. I can't see them whipping a Glastonbury crowd into a frenzy but that isn't the point of what they do anyway. If you get it, you get it. Simple as that. Forget about the song titles as they give little away. Take Solid Food Invented By Tigers as an example. The title is nonsense as are the lyrics but the track is a sensory experience with the sound of birds and running water acting as a backdrop to the ethereal and atmospheric music woven on top. Perhaps it is the old hippy in me but I seriously love this record.

I'm not going to go through this album pointing out individual tracks as there is no point. Although there are 20 tracks on here it is not intended to be dipped in and out of, although you easily can. It works as a whole and should be appreciated as such. This is beautiful and beguiling music that has a calming effect and heightens your emotional senses. I can't recommend this record highly enough.


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