A Summer She Has Never Been, A Winter She Fears

By Ed Chamberlin

Théodore is a Greece-based artist with a fetish for old music boxes, or so it would seem from the unwieldily titled long-player. It’s a lovely sound, these echo-y folk tunes, distant percussion, especially on the strangely jaunty Madame Ortance, but it seems not to know where it wants to go. Brian Eno described ambient music as something which rewards all levels of attention that you choose to give it. ie, it is as easy to ignore as it is to listen to in depth. This is the biggest and most devastating fault in Théodore’s music: as ambient music, it just cannot quit deliver the atmosphere or subtlety, but as electronic or post-rock, it simply doesn’t make enough of an impression.
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