An attractive if vacuous set of post-Burial electro from the Luxembourg producer.
Mike Diver 2011-10-03
There’s a substantial difference between an artist leaving the listener wanting more at the end of their latest work, and the listener wanting more from said collection midway through its run-time. Sun Glitters, aka Luxembourg-based musician Victor Ferreira, trades in a very post-Burial brand of electronica, borrowing elements from artists of the recent past to craft an attractive, if fairly vacuous, set of songs which drift in and out of focus with low end rumbling and vocals lost, dreamily, in a mix that rarely quickens its pace. It’s incredibly pretty fare – but lacking in any punch to really warrant the listener’s continued investment. One track merges into the next, little standing out. It’s very much a case of Could Try Harder.
The stand-out moments come at the album’s beginning and end. Second track, Too Much to Lose, pulses with a real ache in its circuits, the floating vocals settling for a while to sing of something intangible but certainly affecting. It throbs with some purpose, and for a few minutes one can look to previous comparisons to the likes of Balam Acab and hear where those comments found their footing. But just as the song’s really began to seep into the blood, infecting the senses with a most pleasurable buzz, it ends. Next up, an offering which is interchangeable with any number of bedroom producer’s dubstep-meets-ambient output: A Dragonfly in the City features many of the same constituents as its predecessor, but cannot manifest the same emotional connection.
The album closer, arriving before two bonus tracks, is the title-track, and it’s another cut that’s worthy of highlighting. Just for three minutes, Sun Glitters allows the clouds to gather above his creations, and the results are enjoyably menacing. The track doesn’t really progress, but holds the attention firmly – it’s indicative, perhaps, of a future for this artist as a contributor to television and/or film, as the beats thump with ominous intent. Slowly and Softly is the one track to feature a discernable lead vocal, courtesy of Rob Boak, and is worthy of comparison to the understated work of the likes of Bonobo or Baths. It’s not quite in the same league as either, but shows promise – promise which, if capitalised on, could propel Sun Glitters towards an album featuring enough variety and originality to warrant its length.