All tracks written and recorded by John Doak. All Copyright owned by Fontaine.
Delays is a positively wondrous mini album in that it is based on a dichotomy I have severely missed in 2012, given the fact that I cannot possibly know the whole Dronescape: John Doak unchains a humble vivacity. The expected blizzards, airy wind textures and lofty breezes in tandem with hazy mists made it to this album altogether, gently whirring and dynamically whirling along. But the nucleus to my ears is provided by the gorgeous synthscapes. Enough of the electro-acoustic formula, at least right now for this very moment when Delays is running! Fontaine goes back to the drawing board and reaches a timeline where the surface of the sound waves was freely oscillating thanks to analogue equipment and an overly glaring advection of high-pass filters, various modulators and other frequency-channeling controls. My aforementioned link to the synth-heavy 80's might be bewildering to many listeners and probably the artist himself, but it is used to stress the ever-changing tinges and hues of the streams, the iridescent art form of the placed synth stabs and the Detroit-y nature of the arrangements. The steady beats are obviously missing, but mostly everything else is on board. From the celestial frost of the opener over the encapsulating moleskin shelter of warmth in Faded to the endpoint-evoking Atomised with its boost in lachrymosity, Delays is a great debut of a skilled musician on the at time of writing one-year old Twice Removed label. Remix-wise, I tend to be lured by the Drone-based offerings by He Can Jog and L_coma, but a special mention is earned by the definite adrenaline booster that is Bengalfuel's Risky Chicken Mix of Atomised; the duo might have had the same impressions in mind than I have, namely that Delays is a Rave artifact at its heart, but well-camouflaged and terrifically masked as a Drone record. Bengalfuel carve out the quirkier undertones and kick them into the multicolored spotlight. An audacious move! And as we all know, audacity equals success in these times.