Artist: Tim Story
Album: Buzzle

Released: 2 January 2007
Label: Barking Green Records

Tim Story comes from a small town near Toledo. Where the music on Buzzle (51'48") comes from is hard to tell. Nothing at all like the introspective and elegant "Ambient Chamber Music" he is known for, Buzzle plays to the mystery, irony and noir themes of the darkened back room or basement tequila lounge. Much like Story's earlier work with Blue Tofu (and vaguely reminiscent of the esoteric Belgian group Pablo's Eye) this unique and original music transports you to a space where the day becomes erased and you can forget about yourself. The 14 tracks range from strong Dub-inflected jams and whispering Electro-Jazz to surreal dreamlike stillness and tender melodic engagement. With seething brilliance and dark seduction, even the pretty parts have a tough core. This episodic album is wonderfully diverse in its arrangement, full of enticing synth-borne melodies, arcane modulations and shadows of regret. If Story's work is actually a spiritual searching through the medium of music, with Buzzle he has stumbled across more than a few haunted recollections.

- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END   17 January 2007

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