Album opener ‘Another Fantasy’ is a slow-burning but certifiably pounding warehouse rave banger that whisks you off to any one of the sweaty, Brooklyn basement mash-ups that Hackford has played over the years. It’s a belter – but it’s also a bit of a rave red herring. As you’ll have surmised, the rest of ‘Fair’ takes a different path, one that favours drifting over dancing. Initially, this frustrates after ‘Another Fantasy’ has tickled the party bone – so to speak. But after a while your brain kicks back and allows itself to rise up into Hackford’s gaping, glorious interstellar rabbit hole… so to speak.
Ambient overlords and noisists such as Fuck Buttons and Tim Hecker come to mind, but Hackford’s take is more sedated and shoegazey, and it’s an enjoyable journey to be taken on. And though, to be honest, the consecutive 20 minute tracks do go on a bit – they’ve got beautiful moments, but they’re not quite up there with, say, Tangerine Dream’s extended electronic odysseys – overall Hackford has produced an enticing, absorbing debut album. Fair dos, Bryce. Buy this album here
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