Posted by: Dominic Umile | 07/14/2009

Close Listen: Max Cooper, ‘Symphonica’


I’ve been working on a few condensed reviews here and there these days, but I’m trying to be better about keeping a list of stuff I need to get and actually following through on it. I’ve been able to pick up a couple of things and check them out in addition to the promos that have recently come my way, and I’m glad I stumbled upon Max Cooper’s work.

Max Cooper is a London-based techno producer whose June-released Symphonica EP is totally wonderful. Subtle but swelling chords underscore Cooper’s tastefully ornate “The End of Reason” here, while crisp hi hats chase air bursts and backward-swirling, chiming synth tones back and forth between the speaker channels. Don’t cheat this one out of all it has to offer — a close home listen gives way to really dynamic particulars on “The End of Reason,” beginning deceptively with modest strings and a spread of echoing chirps. The title track here is a lot busier, with a darker arrangement of gritty bass, varied percussive clicks, and breathy vocal stabs that seem to find their way out of a pretty dense sonic mix. Cooper’s new EP has more going on than the Somfay record that I discussed briefly here, but I’m recommending it for the same reasons — if you enjoyed the Gui Boratto album or last year’s LP from Extrawelt, this one is for you.

  • Listen to/buy Symphonica here.
  • Download Cooper’s guest mix for BigShot Magazine here.

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