Album Review: Andy Stott “Luxury Problems”

Album Review: Andy Stott “Luxury Problems”
It was only last year that Andy Stott caused kind of a sensation with "Passed Me By" and "We Stay Together", two EPs that very much seemed to be the final destination of Stotts experiments in sound. Dark and drawn-out, slowed down and lo-fi (yet masterfully produced), with twisted samples and an overrunning mercilessness, it in no time became recognised as unique and we all were mesmerised by this music that makes you feel like choking. Andy Stott has been one of the Men Of The Year 2011 and, as i said, his releases sounded so much as he'd have arrived be at the end of his journey and delivered his masterpiece. One year later Mr. Stott offered us "Luxury Problems" (Modern Love) and we all know that we were wrong. Not that "Passed Me By" and "Stay Together" lost it and aren't fascinating anymore, but "Luxury Problems" turns out to be even more impressive. And there is a difference in...let's call it atmosphere compared to Stotts previous oeuvre, primarily (but not only) because he worked with Alison Skidmore, an operatically trained singer (and (you may have heard it before) Mr. Stotts former piano teacher).  The record starts with "Numb", a track that illustrates the new possibilities Stott achieved by adding this new element; Mrs. Skidmores vocals are the first thing to be heard and, though of course chopped and looped (it's still Andy Stott, you see), her aerial and intensive voice illuminates and opens up the vaults of his former work that caused so much claustrophobia around the world. Now there's a deeply human part in Stotts music, even a kind of sweetness, seductive and vulnerable, similar to Luomo's outstanding album "Vocalcity". But it's not only the singing that makes Luxury Problems sound deeper and more complex than most records, the production as a whole is amazing in it's diversity. Ambient soundscapes introduce punching dark techno rhythms ("Sleepless"), the beats rustle and clatter around the Amen Break ("Up The Box") and sometimes all lights vanish and you're freezing to death in perfectly constructed cold ("Expecting"). And then again, after you fought your way through this deserted antarctica, Stott delivers "Luxury Problems", a track still gloomy and shifting but enlightened with Alison Skidmores spherical humming, and a feeling of warmth and maybe even relief appears. It all ends with "Leaving". And it ends in beauty. It is tempting to say that this stunning record called "Luxury Problems" can't be anything else than the peak of Andy Stott's work but maybe it's wrong. Stott is on his way and whereever he will go it's worth following. (Written by Henrik Stadie)

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