These Hopeful Machines

These Hopeful Machines

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by BT
     
 

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After reinventing himself as more of a headphone artist with 2006's glitchy album This Binary Universe, BT takes it a step further on These Hopeful Machines, an effort that breaks the two-hour mark with only 12 songs. If that sounds like the progressive trance version of Saturnz Return, BT's

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After reinventing himself as more of a headphone artist with 2006's glitchy album This Binary Universe, BT takes it a step further on These Hopeful Machines, an effort that breaks the two-hour mark with only 12 songs. If that sounds like the progressive trance version of Saturnz Return, BT's magnum opus does share some of the indulgence problems found on Goldie's epic, but this effort is much more humble. The driving force behind Machines seems to be the producer's love of freedom and exploration, as most tracks build, fade away, morph, and wander about with little care for what radio, clubs, or a major label might require. Fans who enjoy the glitch-meets-trance textures of Universe will find even more to love here, and more songs, too, as BT, the returning JES, and a handful of guest vocalists deliver the usual lyrics filled with modern mysticism. Riding "Suddenly" from its crunchy, avant opening to its Black Eyed Peas-like middle and onto its glitch-fueled flame-out is exciting, while the closing take on the Psychedelic Furs' "Ghost in You" is a different trip, something akin to calmly floating in an '80s pop hit for eight minutes. "Forget Me" combines alt-rock angst and field recordings to great effect, while "Le Nocturne De Lumiere" creates a dream world out of thumb pianos and thumping house beats. Listeners who don't mind so many devices and left turns must still be predisposed to BT's airy, big-sky style of electronica to get the most out of this long, involved journey. These Hopeful Machines doesn't try to convince, it's meant to reward the already converted with a vast wonderland of melodic glitch and prolonged bliss.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/02/2010
Label:
Nettwerk Records
UPC:
0067003084925
catalogNumber:
30849
Rank:
190879

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

BT   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Kalimba,Classical Guitar,Hammered Dulcimer,Toy Piano,Analogue Synthesizer,Arp 2600,Musician
Brain   Drums
Rob Dickinson   Vocals
Kirsty Hawkshaw   Vocals
Greg Collins   Guitar
Christian Burns   Vocals,Background Vocals
Amelia   Background Vocals
Jes   Vocals
Kevin Sawka   Drums
Matt Lange   Percussion

Technical Credits

Psychedelic Furs   Composer
Rob Dickinson   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Gavin Taylor   Art Direction
Kirsty Hawkshaw   Composer
BT   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Laurent Veronnez   Programming,Remixing
Christian Burns   Composer
Ulrich Schnauss   Composer
Aaron Jasinski   Paintings
Jes   Composer
Andrew Bayer   Composer,Programming,Additional Production
Ned Shepard   Programming,Remixing,Additional Production
Øistein Johan Eide   Programming

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These Hopeful Machines 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JABcyberia More than 1 year ago
One of the great composers of our time, BT is often overlooked as he falls somewhere in between the composer and the pop star. His music may not get much airplay in most areas, but he has been a staple in electronic music for quite some time. He does not disappoint with his sonically superior effort in THM. Not only do I encourage you to purchase this (for the best sound, buy the CD rather than downloading) but also the accompanying EPs of remixes. A great album not only for dancing and driving, but for popping in a nice sound system and sitting back in delight. I love to listen to BT's music with headphones so as to get the full effect of his tireless attention to the stereo field. A DEFINITE MUST BUY.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago