Miro Subtidal

The impressionist-style CD art sets the mood for listening to this light, easy listening album, with electronics harnessed to accompany drowsy, almost whispery vocals that are reminiscent of Seal. Apart from the abstract intro track, there are a variety of sounds made to construct this album, from polyrhythmic sequenced beats with a bass-beat drive, guitar chords, sustained keyboard notes and electronics. Diversity is a strong point with the producers; the consistency is an ever-present gentleness. Even when the tracks get abstract, the vocals act as an anchor of the familiar to the listener. Subtidal is pop vocals set to unique instrumentation that could go over as trip-hop. Indie rock enthusiasts should know that this album was produced by Matthew Lux, of Chicago-based Isotope 217. (Varunee)