Giraffage is a new project from San Francisco resident Charlie Yin. His ‘Comfort’ album is a welcome throwback to the folktronica sounds of the early part of the Century, made reasonably popular by the likes of Four-Tet and Minotaur Shock.
‘Moments’ buzzes and wheezes its way through some gloriously colourful melodies and sets the standard for a consistently excellent set of instrumental tracks. ‘Luv’ and ‘Elysian’ cleverly distort vocal samples accompanied by a dizzying wall of bleeps and staccato rhythms. ‘Visible’ and ‘Girl’ combine 1980’s electro soul with 808 State-inspired global techno whilst the hookline to ‘Waste Yr Time’ seems remarkably similar to China Crisis’ ‘Black Man Ray’; another band who defied fashion to follow their own particular vision.
From start to finish, ‘Comfort’ never seems to lose its momentum. Its key is to add layer upon layer of electronic music to create a warm and throughly addictive record.
808 State, Four-Tet