"Most unsolicited promos get very short shrift: if you send me a tatty CD-R in a paper case with a scrap of paper and a hand-written note, I’ll assume you don’t care enough about what you’re doing to be worth listening to. Faux Pas is a total cottage industry—one guy recording, pressing and releasing his own music—and it’s an example of how to do it right from the bottom up.
Because the joy is that Entropy Begins at Home is actually really good. In his initial e-mail Shiel described his record as being “a mish-mash of afrobeat, jazz, psyche, folk, Casio, and home-recorded guitars,” and it’s difficult to think of a better, more succinct way to put it. The tapestry of instrumental samples he utilizes is rich, tuneful, and sensibly deployed. It's whimsical—and occasionally cerebral—without the sense of fussy isolationism that makes a lot of "folktronica" slightly stand-offish. If anything, Shiel has more in common with hip-hop in terms of his willingness to interpolate a diverse array of genres into a singular vision.
Essentially it’s a psychedelic experience, a musical alchemy intended to depict vivid colors and bizarre patterns, euphoria through altered states of consciousness, and the clarity and directness with which Faux Pas juxtaposes and moves through different strands of music heightens the experience. It’s also, and this is the key part, incredibly pleasurable to listen to, in almost any circumstance."
- Nick Southall, Stylus Magazine, 2006
released 01 April 2006
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