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Second album from the eclectic, New York-based electronic producer.
FaltyDL - aka Drew Lustman - first emerged in 2007, gaining instant praise for his slightly outsider, bedroom take on dubstep and UK garage music. As a resident of New York, Lustman’s production style has always felt slightly separate from the London-based acts that obviously influence his music - think Burial, but reinterpreted via a filter of internet blogs and online mixes.
You Stand Uncertain follow on from two excellent long-form releases in 2009 - debut album Love Is A Liability and Bravery EP - all of which have been released on acclaimed electronic label Planet Mu. Here, as on both those releases, FaltyDL builds his music around fairly lofi, shuffling sampled beats and glitchy atmospheric melodic sounds.
The noticeable difference, however, is the presence of proper vocalists on several tracks this time around. The three tracks that feature female vocalists Anneka and Lily Mackenzie help to bring a more human feel to the album that helps to tie it together.
If you can bring a criticism against Lustman, it’s that with all the unique, sampled sounds he uses to piece his music the album as a whole can, at moments, feel a little unfocused and difficult to get into. You Stand Uncertain only grows better with repeated listens though, and it’s hard not to appreciate Lustman’s talents as a producer. This is the sort of standard every computer-musician should be aspiring to.