Daedelus - Invention Owen_Finglas6969

October 4, 2020
What can I say about this album?

I feel this album encapsulates what I love about Daedelus's music, that being his willingness to always push the boundaries of what is expected out of a record of its caliber. Invention combines the sounds of IDM and Hip Hop with the whimsy, charm, and ambitious goals of many of the pioneering records of the 60s and 70s.

Much like those records, the sound Daedelus presents on this album has become largely influential, with the track Experience becoming the backbone for Madvillian's legendary track Accordion. Invention has also been hailed as an influence for artists like Flying Lotus, Machinedrum, The Gaslamp Killer, cLOUDDEAD, Boom Bip, and of course Madlib.

As for me personally, this record has been the soundtrack to extremely important moments in my life. When I first heard it, I was completely blown away. It was like if ...ICBYD era Aphex Twin made an album made out of old ballroom and classical samples. I had never heard anything like it. Tracks like Quiet Now, Astroboy, and Muggle Born have become all-time favorite songs due to their instrumental texture and innovative composition.

Invention has inspired me to expand my musical taste and jump into things without judging a book by its cover. It has been a comforting companion in some of the lowest points in my life. It is one of the most impactful things I've ever heard.


Daedelus - Invention as reviewed by swil.wilson

April 21, 2008
I've heard most everything Daedelus has done thus far over his short, but prolific career; and I must say, I keep returning to "Invention." It's one of those special albums made from pure inspiration, stunningly realized. High praise? Yes, but deserved. Daedelus is one of the most creative samplers since DJ Shadow. Not that he's stylistically related to DJ Shadow in a big way, but he's something of a genius at taking old recordings and finding fascinating ways to put them together.

It's sometimes difficult to tell where the existing recordings leave off and his synthetic backups begin, but in the end it doesn't really matter. It's about creating something new out of something old. I'm continually impressed by the way he's able to fit disparate elements together so well. Even though he periodically finds a less than perfect match and we get a sort of unstable tonal relationship between the two, it's mostly spot on.

The most interesting aspect of Invention is that it sounds so different from so much of the electronic music we're used to hearing - even in the realm of the so-called IDM. "Astroboy" has the magical wonder of a children's fairy tale while "Adventees" has a sentimentalism that has just enough irony to avoid coming off as saccharin.

Considering how accessible and *fun* this album is, I recommend this to any fan of electronic music. This may also be an way for new listeners to transition into electronic music without diving headfirst in something more challenging like Aphex Twin or Autechre. Check it out, and enjoy.

Daedelus - Invention toonerama

March 1, 2012
Nice review. Couldn't agree more. Definitely one of my desert island discs.

Daedelus - Invention as reviewed by simonstre

January 9, 2004
in this album, Daedelus define the way he will work for the futur, mixing old sample from 50's and 60's in a glitch style.After that you will always recognize when daedelus passed through a record with it's own touch.A must have