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ActressKarma & Desire

Actress - Karma & Desire album cover

Tracklist

Fire And Light1:15
Angels Pharmacy4:41
Rememberance2:41
Reverend2:58
Leaves Against The Sky4:38
Save5:05
VVY2:37
XRAY3:31
Gliding Squares 3:06
Many Seas, Many Rivers8:10
Loveless4:40
Public Life3:59
Fret1:28
Loose4:18
Turin7:12
Diamond X3:50
Walking Flames4:12

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    Cover of Karma & Desire, 2020-10-23, CDKarma & Desire
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    Ninja Tune – ZENCD271Europe2020Europe2020
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    Cover of Karma & Desire, 2020-10-23, VinylKarma & Desire
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    Cover of Karma & Desire, 2020-10-23, VinylKarma & Desire
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    Cover of Karma & Desire, 2020, VinylKarma & Desire
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    Cover of Karma & Desire, 2020-10-23, VinylKarma & Desire
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    Ninja Tune – ZEN271PEurope2020Europe2020
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    Cover of Karma & Desire, 2020-10-23, VinylKarma & Desire
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    Cover of Karma & Desire, 2020-10-23, FileKarma & Desire
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    Ninja Tune – ZENDNL271Europe2020Europe2020
    Cover of Karma & Desire, 2020-10-23, VinylKarma & Desire
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    Ninja Tune – ZEN271TUS2020US2020
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    Cover of Karma & Desire, 2020-10-23, FileKarma & Desire
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    Ninja Tune – none20202020
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    Cover of Karma & Desire, 2020-10-23, VinylKarma & Desire
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    Ninja Tune – ZEN271PUS2020US2020
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    Cover of Karma & Desire 88 Tape, 2020-10-23, CassetteKarma & Desire 88 Tape
    Cassette, Album, Limited Edition
    Ninja Tune – ZENDNL271Europe2020Europe2020
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    Reviews

    • Cypeq's avatar
      Cypeq
      Disappointed.. cheap cheesy atmo, although sold like a gem - but it is far from being a gem.
      • ryanstratton's avatar
        ryanstratton
        I think I like the stuff on the tape better than the album, they are both great though.
        • okshiro's avatar
          okshiro
          Edited 7 months ago
          There's a lot to parse through here. Its a marathon double LP that feels even longer than it is because of how many tracks drag. There's a ton of visual conceptual information with the surveillance theme and pixelated loss of information. Questions about how it all ties together into something interesting slowly turn to suspicious doubt, and then finally disappointment. The hokey redacted intelligence document ultimately serves well to represent how shallow and immature it all is. In the end, "Karma and Desire" resembles a legal "Document Dump". Bury them in material in order to impede progress understanding what you don't want them to know. Ultimately there's not much here. There's a few tracks that are listenable, but most are not, and many are downright amateurish.

          I do enjoy a great deal of the artist's earlier work, particularly the two Honest Jon's LPs, and there are a few moments that hint at the talent we all know should be present, but I dare suggest that the indie pop rags that asserted that this is a "masterpiece of contemporary electronic music" were either paid off, cowardly hacks backing an anticipated release from a hyped artist, or *gasp* folks that don't actually listen to much "contemporary electronic music".

          Rare moments where its clear that we are here for musical content like "Leaves Against the Sky" stand out, but there is just far too much content that really only makes sense if it were background abstract audio at some overly ironic contemporary art installation. As it is, most of the record, particularly the piano and vocals, just plays like amateurish abstract noodling.
          • edgeless22's avatar
            edgeless22
            Got this limited edition from Bleep. The pressing is clean and quiet, it just sounds great!
            • ron.hood.aus's avatar
              ron.hood.aus
              He has really put it all together on this one. Doing great things actress. Really loving this whole album
              • Chassmann's avatar
                Chassmann
                Edited 2 years ago
                Is anyone else experiencing heavy scratchy distortion on the vocals throughout this release? Particularly on S- sounds. Possibly a mastering flaw?
                • bubbles-buried's avatar
                  this one was the real gem imo. some serious material from Darren. gorgeous stuff
                  • itchyring's avatar
                    itchyring
                    Edited 3 years ago
                    does the 'black print' make reference to the printing on the foil bag or there should have been a 12"x12" print included (like copies from Bleep)?
                    • ijustdontknowwh's avatar
                      Shouldn't the 88 casette have its own entry? My copy of the cassette has a barcode and a label catalogue number (ZENCASS563).
                      • eleventhvolume's avatar
                        Great to see Actress working with vocalists, their function isn't as singers, but as briefly captured spirits. They successfully contribute to the album's enveloping ambience, of the floating, uncertain, extended periods of lockdown, this strange new time we're currently suspended within. Actress has made a record for our time.

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