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Artist: BELONG
Title: October Language
Format: CD
Label: Carpark
Rated: *****
Hailing from the ill-fated New Orleans, Belong are a duo formed by Michael Jones and Turk Dietrich; the latter has previously collaborated as Benelli with Telefon Tel Aviv's Joshua Eustis on a remix of Nine Inch Nails' "The Frail", and Eustis is now co-producing and mastering this disc, besides offering his guitar abilities in the title track. Belong must have had a serious crush on Fennesz's works, and probably with Kevin Shields' before those. As I only occasionally go and listen to Fennesz, my appreciation of "October Language" is already flawed, but I'd say it's a nice, if highly derivative, collection of smooth melodic guitar drones smudged with all sorts of digital and analogue defects - but still quite easy listening. Everything is top-notch in terms of production, but with little to no emotional grasp on yours truly.

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