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Scaven — Autumn Leaves
(Bandcamp Steamsounds, 2003/2021, DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2021-09-20

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Scaven is a solo electronic artist from Amsterdam and Autumn Leaves is his debut album released back in 2003 and now reissued on Steam Sounds.  Back in 2003 the music world was alive with techno bands like the Future Sound of London, Autechre, and Boards of Canada, and Scaven’s debut continued in this direction.  But now 18 years on, this music, though innovative at the time, no longer interests me.  Soft dreamy electronic rhythms and sequencer-driven new agey pop starts to wear thin.  This is great background and relaxation music, as it helps pass the time without demanding your attention.  It sounds like one long piece spanning 80 minutes instead of sixteen separate tracks in the one to six minute range.  It wasn’t until track 12, “Orchide,” that my ears perked up to an interesting pulsating instrumental.  But unfortunately Scaven drifted back into techno beats before the end.  The closing track, “Aestu (Regeneration Mix),” is by far the best five minutes on the album as Scaven remixed his original “Aestu” with sci fi voice samples for this reissue.  If you long for the lost days of techno, this album is for you.

Filed under: Reissues, 2021 releases, 2003 recordings

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