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Song For Alpha

Daniel Avery

Song For Alpha

Second album of ambient techno from London based producer

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  1. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Right now, no-one else is colouring in-between the lines quite like Daniel Avery and these tracks are to invade your thoughts and dreams
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  2. 9.0 |   Uncut

    Across 14 varied tracks, Avery's compositions become engulfing, such is the pull of his palpable textures, dense soundscapes and tantalising beats. Print edition only

  3. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    This is the album that will deservedly see Avery achieve the kind of acclaim and reverence that he has for those that have influenced him
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  4. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Even when Avery cranks things up, it’s still music for the mind as much as the feet
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  5. 8.0 |   The 405

    It’s a thoughtful, considered progression by one of the UK’s most thoughtful, considerate producers. As ever with the man, the art imitates the artist
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  6. 8.0 |   All Music

    It might take more listens to connect with Alpha than with Drone Logic, but it's just as powerful and fascinating
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  7. 8.0 |   DIY

    A documentation of the other side of the clubbing experience
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  8. 8.0 |   The FT

    It is calmer and less attention-grabbing but no less high in qualit
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  9. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A mesmerising work of art
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  10. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    It’s an intriguing look at a talented producer carving his own path, and making dancefloors a little bit weirder.
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  11. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The sounds here do at times recall territories previously mapped by Brian and RD James, with or without MDMA, but Song For Alpha still makes for an electronic listening album of particular quality. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Q

    He achieves an almost architectural sense of scale. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    There aren't a lot of obvious peaks and valleys on Song For Alpha, so there are few memorably huge moments, but Avery knows how to pique ears more subtly
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  14. 8.0 |   Mixmag

    A strong, sometimes truly beautiful, maturation of Avery’s work as a producer
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  15. 8.0 |   Clash

    Demands repeated listening, finding its place oscillating between the ecstasy and dejection of experience
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  16. 7.6 |   Earbuddy

    Carves out space as one of this year’s better long-form electronic albums
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  17. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    It may be a few songs too long and it may require more brain power than your average album, but, if you are willing to put the time in, Song For Alpha rewards you with some of the nicest experimental workings of the year so far
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  18. 7.0 |   music OMH

    Daniel Avery has a specific set of tools in his arsenal and these are sometimes spread a bit thin, but Song For Alpha is still a worthy follow-up to 2013’s Drone Logic and an enjoyable listen
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  19. 6.7 |   Pitchfork

    The London producer’s surprisingly muted second album is a catch-all for his varied tastes
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