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Texas Platters

Reviewed by Kahron Spearman, February 24, 2017, Music

Meditative and fetching, Man, Woman, Friend, Computer delivers a breakup album and overarching concept: Thomas Echols' electronic differentiation from his guitar projects. The Austin-based Echols has mostly cut his teeth on classical projects, such as Plainte Calme, his absorbing turn of Debussy and Messiaen. Here, he ventures into a complex amalgam of analog and synth. Wistful, romantic, "Exordium" registers as an unhurried drive down a never-ending highway. Echols' vocals sooth to surrender on "Concession Speech" and "You're a Pistol." Standout "Nocturne" and its earlier interlude provide mid-tempo kinetics.


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