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Perimeter Abstract

Rennie Foster

Thoughtless Music
TLM099 | 2014-09-08  
Vancouver's Rennie Foster returns to the Thoughtless fold with his first release for us since 2013's Legionnaire. Opting for a restrained approach on the title track, a throbbing low-end and percussive synths push forward while expansive pads trace the edges of a compelling space that somehow remains temptingly undefined, roving sirens adding to the enigma. Winnipeg's John Norman follows his releases for KMS with not one but two remix versions, deconstructing Rennie's rhythms into a propulsive late night jam embellished with fragments of CB radio dialogue – one favoring the sirens of the original for a more hypnotic take, and the other eliminating them entirely. Toronto's Arthur Oskan handles his remix with typical aplomb, wresting the textures of the original into an analog-fueled narrative that instantly conjures his spiritual hometown of the Motor City. Closing the release in a similarly Detroit-influenced style, Foster's Legionnaire Deux – a nod to his previous Thoughtless outing – melds chord stabs, strings, and synthetic bass into a blissful oblivion highlighted by dreamlike, sparse, surreal piano riffs that seem just perfectly askew. A veteran producer with decades of experience and releases on international institutions such as Transmat and F-Comm, Rennie understands that while the perimeter is perhaps best left abstract, the core itself is anything but...

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