Sound Sculptures, Vol. 1


Theo Parrish’s third album is a huge collection that takes house music as its lift-off point but which ends up in some very different places indeed. 19 tracks, interspersed with found sound, interludes, and mini soundscapes, it’s an album that is genuinely constantly surprising. There’s beautiful, sophisticated deep house songs, delicate, intricate house/jazz hybrids, retro-disco re-edits, dark, in-your-face dance floor destroyers, tracks that sound as though he’s opened them up so we can somehow hear their internal skeletons, and others that flit in and out of focus like ghostly impressions of lost songs. Confounding expectations of what contemporary electronic dance music should sound like at every turn, Detroit house at its most intriguing.

Harold Heath

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