Robert Hood
Wire To Wire

By Miles Hawthorn

Robert Hood must have hit some kind of production sweet spot just recently, as after his album for Logistic comes another long-player on Peacefrog. This is under the Robert Hood moniker and lands somewhere between his minimal dancefloor sound and the more jazz inflected electronics of Nighttime World.

The album starts very promisingly, the tiptoeing pizzicato keys of opening track Make a Wish making you feel like are watching the first scenes of a film unfold. Possessing a sort of fairytale mystery, the light melody undulates over soft percussion and bass. Next up is The Game as Hood adds a spooky feel to things, deploying his signature string sounds over occasional broken beats. After the gliding ambience of Upon a Millenial Moment, next track Interior Suspect introduces the first 4/4 kick to the album. It works well here although I must admit to preferring his less obvious dancefloor material. The straight kicks only appear once more on The Wire and most of the rest of the album tends to drift off into dreamy ambient territory. There is one unusual track on here, Fragile Moments, which as it even says on the press release is pure Café del Mar – more Ibiza house music than you'll ever find on one of those horrible compilations.

The album as a whole is solid Hood fare but for me is too introspective and noodly at times, and doesn't really work well as a whole for me. I prefer the cinematic brooding of the first third of the album, whilst the whole never really reaches the grand heights of the Nighttime World albums. There is nothing really startlingly new from him here and from a man of his talent that is what you come to expect.
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