Released: 30th April 2012
Label: R&S Records
Galaxy Garden is the third studio album released by Lone. The British project created by former Kids In Tracksuits member Matt Cutler has honed his skills in creating sleek, natural sounds and incorporating it into funky electric tunes since the release of Lone’s debut Everything Is Changing Colour, and they’ve certainly bloomed for this record.
The production is absolutely top notch, up there with SBTRKT’s debut self titled album in terms of how well captured everything is. The combination between natural and man made sounds is wound together so tightly and crafted together so well that it becomes difficult to truly distinguish one from the other. It’s amazing.
Instrumentation appears to be endless on Galaxy Garden, with many instruments being introduced into a song or as a focal point of a song. This creates an element of surprise and leaves you in a feeling of awe as you wonder just how these instruments manage to blend themselves so well in with each other.
Songs such as New Colour and As A Child are highlights for me because of how well their layers’ have been crafted, and the way they are both constantly changing without easing up on tempo or pace.
The soundscapes are just a thing of beauty, if you’ve ever needed a reason to convince someone that music is art (and if you know someone who says this then they are a bad person) then you can’t go wrong with showing them Galaxy Garden. Easily one of my favourite listens this year.