These Humble Machines

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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 Humble Machines, an album that explores the producer's love of freedom and exploration. This is actually the single-disc, slightly shortened version of the two-disc These Hopeful Machines, but just like its parent, most tracks here 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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 Humble Machines, an album that explores the producer's love of freedom and exploration. This is actually the single-disc, slightly shortened version of the two-disc These Hopeful Machines, but just like its parent, most tracks here 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 on to its glitch-fueled flame-out is exciting, while the closing take on the Psychedelic Furs' "The Ghost in You" is a different trip, something akin to calmly floating in an '80s pop hit for five minutes. "Forget Me" combines alt-rock angst and field recordings to great effect, while "Le Nocturne de Lumiére" 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 Humble Machines doesn't try to convince; it's meant to reward the already converted with a vast wonderland of melodic glitch and prolonged bliss.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2011
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • UPC: 067003091527
  • Catalog Number: 30915
  • Sales rank: 225,025

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Suddenly (4:28)
  2. 2 The Emergency (4:27)
  3. 3 Every Other Way (4:03)
  4. 4 The Light In Things (5:47)
  5. 5 Rose of Jericho (4:05)
  6. 6 Forget Me (5:09)
  7. 7 A Million Stars (6:38)
  8. 8 Love Can Kill You (4:07)
  9. 9 Always (4:29)
  10. 10 Le Nocturne De Lumiére (4:42)
  11. 11 The Unbreakable (6:51)
  12. 12 The Ghost In You (4:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
BT Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals, Kalimba, Classical Guitar, Hammered Dulcimer, Toy Piano, Arp 2600
Rob Dickinson Vocals
Kirsty Hawkshaw Vocals
Greg Collins Guitar
Christian Burns Vocals, Background Vocals
Michael DiMattia Vocals
Kevin Sawka Drums
Matt Lange Percussion
Kaia Transeau Vocals
Amelia June Background Vocals
Technical Credits
The Psychedelic Furs Composer
Rob Dickinson Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Gavin Taylor Art Direction
Kirsty Hawkshaw Composer
BT Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Instrumentation
Emily Lazar Mastering
Laurent Veronnez Remixing, Additional Production
Christian Burns Composer
Ulrich Schnauss Composer
Aaron Jasinski Paintings
Joe LaPorta Mastering
Andrew Bayer Composer, Programming, Additional Production
Ned Shepard Programming, Producer, Remixing
Øistein Johan Eide Programming
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