The Mole, For the Lost


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For his first release of 2009, Colin de la Plante heads from his native Canada further north to Norway and Prins Thomas’ Internasjonal imprint, home of many slices of cosmic space disco goodness. While the sound and construction are consistent with The Mole’s recent work, there is a nod to Thomas’ style, as well — a subtle drop in tempo, a seriously spaced-out atmosphere, and a longer-than-usual running time. After all, when in Rome…

“For The Lost” builds a deep, reverberating stomp and an echoed series of shimmers into an increasingly complex rhythmic and percussive base, eventually fusing into a swirling, psychedelic melange evolving at what might seem to be half-speed. In fact, the whole track sounds a bit like it is running on a track of maple syrup; just slightly slow, sticky, and sweet. The actions are fairly minimal, depending more on an overall feel than any single defining moment (or melody for that matter) with only subtle reminders to dance while staring pie-eyed up at the ceiling. It’s a masterful journey of a track, one that unfolds slowly but reveals itself to have some wonderful things to show us along the way. Repeated listens reveal more treats, as the track’s nuances shine through.

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On the flip, “There’s Hope” answers by keeping the tempo slo-mo, but anchoring itself around a two-note riff answered by a thundering handclap, and eventually a whole series of rhythmic elements: a funky guitar loop, short vocal sample, and several layers of percussion. Far closer to de la Plante’s deep-house mode than the A-side, it serves as a perfectly balanced heavier response to “From The Lost”‘s ethereal lift. Both tracks show that de la Plante can seemingly conquer just about any genre to which he applies his game.

Limbic  on March 4, 2009 at 10:46 PM

oh yes.. i like that!!!

Jason Brunton  on March 5, 2009 at 3:03 PM

The Mole is seriously talented – really like the sounds of this release.

Grant  on March 5, 2009 at 6:10 PM

Ooh, nice stuff. I like the flattened organic feel to this. Nice to hear more of the dubstep influence filtering into house/tech.

hutlock  on March 5, 2009 at 7:41 PM

Dubstep, really?! I’m afraid I don’t hear it — this is classic Cosmic Space Disco to my ears.

Can you point out the dubstep elements, Grant? I’m curious what you’re missing.

Nadir  on March 5, 2009 at 11:19 PM

This track was a highlight in a recording of his live set, drained with snippets of R&B (Mowtown) vocals, ‘If I ever hurt you……’ On the risk of not making sense, one of the few that translates something real.


Little White Earbuds » Little White Earbuds March Charts  on April 3, 2009 at 11:08 AM

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