Vector Lovers (4 stars)

Vector Lovers

Afterglow (Soma)


On the cover of the the Vector Lovers’ third long playing offering there is a picture of a group of kids in a field at sunset. It look like it was taken circa 1977. Martin Wheeler -- the man who is Vector Lovers -- seems to crave a bygone age on this great album, though the genius twist is that his music manages to sound aged, but not retro. Wistful and atmospheric, Boards of Canada are an inevitable reference point, their desire to find the organic in electronic music is a commonality they share. The melodies slowly unfold, swinging in and out of phase and he even layers on some vocals giving a voice, if not a face, to the name. The soundtrack to the last moments of summer we never had.

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