Plaid ‎– Scintilli

Warp Records ‎– WARPCD215
CD, Album, ‘Muda na Mono’ puzzle pack

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1 Missing 3:50
2 Eye Robot 3:08
3 Thank 4:03
4 Unbank
Guitar – Benet WalshWritten-By – Turner*, Walsh*, Handley*, Salmon (5)
5 Tender Hooks 4:32
6 Craft Nine 3:17
7 Sömnl 3:12
8 Founded 3:09
9 Talk To Us 3:30
10 35 Summers 3:28
11 African Woods 3:41
12 Upgrade 3:55
13 At Last 4:34

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The CD was initially available in a ‘Muda na Mono’ puzzle pack, the name taken from a Japanese phrase meaning ‘pointless object’. It contains two die-cut rings and a CD which can be assembled into a sphere. If correctly aligned, the sphere created allows the track titles to be read. The packaging reflects a desire to give the CD an ornamental function, beyond its one use as a basic storage device for music.

℗ 2011 Warp Records Limited © 2011 Warp Records Limited

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 801061021528
  • Barcode (Text): 0801061021528
  • Matrix / Runout: CA WARPCD215P @
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L039
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 122D
  • Label Code: LC02070

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August 25, 2017
To me it sounds like they changed their set up for this album. Like they switched entirely to digital, everything is super crisp and lacking that analogue randomness & warmth, can anyone confirm this? Still a great album just different in its sound to me.


February 28, 2017
Great return of one of the best bands from Warp . After so many years this album sounds like the duo finally have found the Plaid singularity: the sound that makes Plaid, well.. Plaid. It is unique and cannot be reproduced. On earlier album you says "this is a Plaid triphop song, or this is an Plaid D&B song". This album only features Plaid songs, fully matured and no sketches anywhere. (That said the shorts in other albums (like Tak 1 'till 5 could be very amusing)


October 21, 2015

Plaid's SCINTILLI comes after a long hiatus (not counting their soundtrack work and their collaboration with Bob Jaroc). Luckily, it's the same old Plaid, with perky melodies that sometimes goes wonky. "Missing," however, is pretty straightforward with its bucolic feel, but "Eye Robot" crushes that with its more industrial feel. It's not until "Thank" that the traditional Plaid sound rears its head: complex rhythms, angular melodies. "Unbank" has a 4-to-the-floor beat, but keeping the electronic whirling overhead, while "Tender Hooks" slows down some to let the layers emerge more, even if it does seem to end abruptly. "Craft Nine" and "35 Summers" take quieter, more atmospheric strolls, serving as a stark contrast to the sonically dense "Sömnl." "Talk To Us" revels in its oddity, as does the ebbing and flowing chaos of "Upgrade." "At Last" wraps up the album in classic Plaid fashion, with an altered vocal and skewed melodies to tickle your grey matter. Quite pleasant.


December 5, 2014
Diverse opinions I see. I'm just gonna say this - bought the album when it came out because its Plaid. Listened to it with happiness and joy handful of times and have put it into a shelf for a couple of years. Last week took it out and can't stop listening to it everyday for the whole week. God bless them, honestly, they are unique. It doesn't sound as 'sketches' as someone stated before, and absence of so called innovation doesn't bother me as that just helps them to keep the same spirit which is exactly why you can't ever go wrong with Plaid (Reachy Prints nailed it again). I'm really happy to hear what I hear and what I heard in their albums for all those years. Boy it has that depth, that melody, playfulness and everything that Plaid have always had. Great musicians.


January 9, 2013
About Plaid: Either good or nothing
Not the strongest (very subjective, just buy the thing) of their works in my own but, BUT, very far from mediocre. Think about it, with them, one's sensitivity and comprehension threshold could get quite off. After all, fans keeps expecting that pushing the envelope is infinite. No. The guys have a certain style, they deliver as always. Let's put it this way, it'd be disappointing to expect a plaid shirt in the bag and pull out a teddy bear.


July 1, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
Autechre confound with their auditory mathematics while Squarepusher synthesize Billy Cobham and Stanley Clarke. Somewhere out there, for many many many years now, Plaid have cut their own row of accessible electronic excursions with little or no notice by virtue of the electronic gurus who inhabit Warp records overshadowing them. As their former compatriot in the Black Dog continues to drift further and further into the ether, this pair have redefined what the concept of balance is due to their knack for writing melodies and deliberately low-key presence both on and off the web.

I should be more excited by this album than I am. The simple fact is that if you've heard either of the film scores they have done during the wilderness years between an actual Plaid record, you'd be rather underwhelmed by what's on offer here. Fans of the 'Double Figure' release will no doubt eat this up as it contains, like that one, some of their most direct and melodic compositions yet but for those who wanted to be challenged by this pair again as Plaid... its not happening. Despite how well produced and executed the music is, there isn't the depth of feeling and overwhelming emotional tone which their earlier works contained. I find myself looking at the 'Heaven's Door' material they did, trying to understand how it is that they watered 'Scintilli' down with such abandon. I suppose the public were clamoring for a new album and it was time to shut them up.

None of these songs are very long, which may say more about the future of Plaid than any interview or facebook wall posting. It feels more and more like they prefer to operate behind the scenes composing incredibly dynamic works for films or bastardizing the sounds of others via their somewhat dissecting remixes. I would not hold your breath for another album from this band, they have simply diversified too much to be contained as simply Plaid any longer. A lot of what is on here sound more like film cues than songs so on that level, it's a great thing to get more of them but that indefinably subterranean manner in which they gave us Plaid appears to have been abandoned. It's still Ed and Andy but the similarity ends there. This could have been remarkable after such a long gap between albums but as it is, this is simply the ghost of Plaid going through the motions and unashamedly phoning it in from time to time.


June 14, 2012
edited over 6 years ago

Possibly the weakest Plaid album, which is a shame since we waited so long. I agree about the childish melodies; they make my skin crawl. The whole album just sounds like leftover tracks from the past decade. Nothing new at all.

On the other hand, I find Double Figure still rewarding and still growing on me.


April 21, 2012
edited over 6 years ago

I think this album is a shame. First of all, it sounds very repetitive, with childish melodies that we have already heard from the duo and with rhythms that do not add much to the sound that characterised Plaid. Secondly, just having a nice envelope (graphics and videos) does not modify the judgement as to the actual status of the music played. Plaid, and I'm afraid other similar bands and musicians (see Autechre and Squarepusher), do not seem to be able to produce innovative sounds anymore. As a matter of evidence, Warp seems nowadays to be more interested in the form of a musical product than in the quality of the product itself, as it used to be in the past. Here's my invocation, then: more sound and less decorations, please!


October 10, 2011
edited over 7 years ago
yep! great release! saw Plaid live on Sunday in Zurich: it was AMAZING !! strong dynamic melodic! mostly pretty harder played than on the album some dubstep and industrial parts between! during some melodic older hits the club started to fly . . . great atmosphere: WOW!!