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Artist: Displacer
Title: The Witching Hour
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Rated: *****
Displacer’s fourth release "The Witching Hour" is a very stylized album that utilizes a number of diverse elements such as old horror movie samples, trip hop rhythms, classic hip hop beats, and an array of new and vintage synthesizer sounds. All of these elements work together to form a very cohesive, relaxed, and stylish piece of work that achieves the dual effect of being sexy and campy (but in a good way that is satirical). And it is for this reason that "The Witching Hour" is my opinion an ideal after hours album, as it definitely an record that can take you home and set you right after a long night of clubbing and the excesses that often go along with it. Some of the album’s highlights include "Nag Champa," (with is an achievement in and of itself in that it is one of few tracks to actually use the classic synthesizer clap sound in a way that sounds good), "Squirm" which is just a beautiful and emotionally poignant piece of music, and the album’s title track which is very much reminiscent of the Thrill Kill Kult of old. All in all, I would highly recommend "The Witching Hour" to anyone who likes trip hop and alternative house. I also highly recommend it for those after hours parties where good music is so hard come by.



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