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Free Music Monday: Dntel "Bright Night"

By April 9, 2012

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After being behind two of the best albums of the 2000s early last decade, Jimmy Tamborello has been pretty quiet since. Even the records he has released —like 2007's Dumb Luck and 2010's twin EPs After Party 1 and After Party 2— have felt tinged with disappointment, or been generally overlooked; as if Tamborello's struggled to live up to the things he once did.

The forthcoming Aimlessness lives up to its title: Tamborello no longer toiling for Sub Pop, no longer cycling through alt-celeb collaborations, no longer living up to the past. After his Enya Mixes felt like the best thing Dntel'd done in a decade, his new jams have a relaxed, spontaneous, non-burden-bearing feel.

Thus comes "Bright Night," an instrumental single that's just Jimmy T making beats; washes of sing-song synths sloshing whilst submerged bass funk sweeps deep in its own time, and the surface is dapped with flickering electronic ripples and the reflective warmth of cut-up brass overtures. It's a dense work to peer into, and it feels, at times, as if every part is keeping its own cadence, every instrument delivering a competing rhythm. But it feels energetic and suitably inspired, a fresh new jam looking towards an unencumbered future.

Dntel, "Bright Night"

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