Where We Belong is such a rich, melodic and, at heart, generous affair.
Colin Buttimer 2009
Rasmus Faber debuted in 2002 with the popular Never Felt So Fly and after a string of 12"s and remixes, Where We Belong is his debut long player. Although there are occasional pedestrian interludes, it's an enjoyable journey through a rich variety of house-tinged styles.
Where We Belong's thirteen tracks feature five guest vocalists beginning with fellow Swede Linda Sundblad. Her smooth, teen-like vocals on Everything Is Alright are transformed with neon tints. It's difficult to resist the upbeat, house vibes of Give It To Me featuring Dyanna Fearon. The breakdown placed two thirds way through the tune, replete with laughter and reflective piano chords confounds expectations of a big build-up and gradually fades out. It's a pleasing left turn that's indicative of the subtle approach of much of Where We Belong.
Bahian native Clara Mendes' dreamy vocals are the best thing about Na Minha Terra, though the music itself is just a little too polite to be engaging. Much of Everytime We is the same, but the last minute is utterly charming when the beats fall away to reveal a delicate tapestry of guitar, piano and sax. The sax returns to introduce the epic, nine minute I Don't Mind. It's a dreamy travelogue laced with gently splashed chords, long bass notes and finely drawn ebb and flow. No More Falling begins in reflective mode with mournful strings before attractively muscular beats kick in and shift the intensity up a notch.
The dialogue between acoustic instrumentation and electronic beats is a varied and rewarding one. Undemanding though it may be, Where We Belong is such a rich, melodic and, at heart, generous affair that its minor faults are easily forgiven.