Although 7 Bandits' blueprint for electronic listening music -- aching electro-synth with mid-tempo beats and occasional guitars -- isn't quite a revolution in and of itself, A Flock of Dream Tokens is an amazing album. Similar to the early work of Autechre, Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada, the band is one of the few European artists who can match their American precursors with regard to a sense of spirit in otherwise electronic music. This is pure machine soul, or a rusting Commodore 64 just about to give up the ghost. Alternating broadly sketched works with minute-long vignettes (the latter of which comprise several of the best tracks on the album), A Flock of Dream Tokens might just be one of the best electronic releases of 2006.
December 7, 2006 Subject:
7 Bandits' first full album, after the release of the ep 'The Brufolk Equation'. One can't get over the feeling that this is a collection of individual tracks put on an album. In their own right they are great songs. But somehow 7 Bandits seemed to be indecisive about the course that they where going to follow for this album.
Beautifull ambient tracks are followed by uptempo drum&bass influenced tracks, then suddenly an acoustic song is pulled outof the sleeves of 7 Bandits. Still the album holds the promise of what to come. Knowing that 7 Bandits is centered around Zero V and he's willing to collaborate with others, the future seems bright. Can't wait to listen to new material, to see which direction has been chosen.