The Fin's first LP on Warp, Claro, is akin to these past scores, but its sound is beefed up with the help of MIDI and modular synthesizers. The album of 12 songs works by extracting moods from a fluctuating array of synthetic sounds. It's a spacey soundtrack of sorts that doesn't engage as much as it creates atmosphere. The album's airy intro "In" is a perfect example. The song's easy, synthesized melody is better for building a setting than generating a plot. The disc's otherworldly soundscapes, comparable to those of labelmates Boards of Canada, usually open with scattered electronic beats before swelling into either warm, electric melodiousness ("MDRMX" and "Viimo") or obtuse, mechanical outbursts ("Te Noch Rp" and "25101999"). These contrasting arrangements can sometimes be alluring and imaginative, but most seep too easily into the background. Though Claro may be another inventive Warp release, it's one that's too subtle to make a lasting impression.
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