Stateless: Stateless (IK7)

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Stateless: Stateless (IK7)

Is it just me or is there a lot of Jeff Buckley around these days? And Bono, and Chris Martin from Coldplay? All those names -- singers of unique and distinctive passion -- come to mind at various times on this diverse debut album which is ultimately held together by the smart electronica which forms the substructure.

This UK outfit make a poised but epic-in-intent kind of trip-hop which comes (at times) with string samples, jittery drums, and gentle swirls of cloudy electronic keyboards. But it is the beguiling and flexible voice of frontman Chris James which humanises the whole, and while it is ambitious you get the sense that James and his collaborators are never over-reaching themselves.

Some might say they've heard this before and they may be right -- but never quite like this all in the same place and at the same time.

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