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MERZ By Stephen Worthy

NO COMPASS WILL FIND HOME
19 December 2012
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In 1999, Conrad Lambert’s eponymous debut wowed with its ahead-of-its-time mix of electronica and alt-folk. After a lengthy hiatus, this is his third album in seven years – and his collaboration with Matthew Herbert has all the makings of an inspired partnership. Herbert not only produced ‘No Compass Will Find Home’ but is releasing it on his own label. Herbert’s dance music leanings are most apparent on the scratchy, low-slung, rock-meets-dark-techno instrumental ‘Lauterbrunnen’ and the wonky, lo-fi digital pop of ‘Credo’. That said, it’s at its most powerful on the downtempo tracks, especially the sonorous Arrows, an acoustic ballad studded with quirky ambient touches. A charming, understated record.

File under Matthew Herbert sprinkles fairy dust on quirky alt-popster
Download ‘Arrows’, ‘Toy’, ‘Credo’
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