B. Fleischmann The Humbucking Coil

From generally-reliable electronic institution Morr Music comes an album that’s certainly less strictly electronic than what you would expect. In fact this is far closer to Mogwai than Squarepusher, especially on seven-minute long instrumental opener Broken Monitors, which could have been on any of the former’s albums, less the click-y digital-ness. The two vocal tracks, "Cain” and "From To” are like a more heavily processed and digital Sparklehorse — lo-fi pop songs, very "indie” male vocals, slow and melancholy — but overall the album is fairly light on singing and heavy on drum machines and plug-ins, and works for it. Live instruments peacefully co-exist along with digital noise and... wait, is that a clarinet on "Static Crate”? Sure, why not? The tunes float by pleasantly without being predictable or samey and like all good albums it doesn’t overstay its welcome. The tracks with singing are a matter of taste, but there’s certainly not a weak instrumental here. (Morr)