John Talabot, 2012

While the analog electronics revival has altered the surface texture of electronic music, John Talabot's ƒin is a step beyond. The sound of this record is so positively warm and human, it sounds more played than programmed. Fancifully, I listen to it imagining fingers rolling furiously to sustain all the pulsing arpeggios. It makes ƒin, a mostly instrumental record, feel more electronic-rock than electronica. That would put Talabot in company with M83, I suppose, but ƒin never sinks to such trite pastiche.