So, Nang fans, it's finally here: The long awaited album by Slovenia's own Sare Havlicek, and it's a beauty if we say so ourselves! The album, titled 'Escape Machine', is a direct progression from his most recent run of 12's on Nang, amalgamating everything we know and love, and a lot, lot more. Expect live orchestral sequences, serious analogue heat and the finest vocal arrangements. This is the real deal!
We start of with 'Diamondback Part 1 & 2' which delves straight into the money with a wash of silken live strings and vocal harmonies, preluding what's to come in fine style. 'Insinuations & Allusions' follows and it's pure twanging funk, crisp and clean with a lovely little hook.
Next we're dealt Sare's most recent outing on Nang; the brilliant 'Vibe On You'. It's all up-beat floor filling material right here. 'Not Now' is a variation on the chords of its precursor, but with the smooth vocal of Mitja and the 'vibe' wound down a little. It's just perfect.
'Burning Hot' comes at you like the cosmic blur of a psychedelic black hole, dropping into a serious groove with synth rays and delayed vocal hooks flying past into deep space. Opening next is 'White Noise' but it doesn't live up to it's name. There are arpeggios aplenty before a compelling song unfolds around the verses of Molly Wagger's Charlie Denholm for a trip that's not to be missed.
'12 Fingered Chime' starts in an equally enigmatic style - It feels like that contemplative mid-point that psychedelic albums had in the 70's, like we're only half way down the rabbit hole. Hold on tight!
On what definitely feels like the second part of the album, 'Sense Stations' kicks up the pace with a thumping dance floor kick and walking bass, but its melancholic heartfelt pianos keep us in check, for now. 'Future Is Retro' lines up next and it's a synth leviathan, full of revolving disco tensions, slanky guitar licks and 80's programming sensibilities. Oooft. Easing down the reigns and stepping up to the mic once more, Mitja gives us another accomplished belter in the form of 'Too Far Ahead'.
For the finale we float out all guns blazing. 'Keep Your Pants on Cowboy' oozes class, with its soaring sax lines and stomping groove it's sure to be a twilight anthem. To close, we're introduced once again to the live orchestra for 'Diamondback Part 5' a dazzling, short 'n' sweet epilogue. Phewww what a journey!
We hope you enjoy as much as we do.
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All titles written and produced by Sare Havlicek.
Lyrics on "Vibe On You" by Hannah Mancini.
Lyrics on "White Noise Voice" by Charlie Denholm.
Lyrics on "Too Far Ahead" by Sare Havlicek and Hannah Mancini.
Recorded and mixed at Tokyorama.
Additional recording at Earresistible.
Published by Dharma Songs.
(P) & (C) Nang Records 2012