I popped in Skyphone's "Avellaneda" and immediately did not like it for about two songs. But as it progressed I was helpless as it began to work me over. Give this album a few listens and you will be hooked on its simple charm.
The sound world of this trio is a mechanical wonderland of intricate rhythmic clicks, glocks, assorted keys, bass, horns, acoustic and baritone guitar, and god knows how many other sound sources.
Apparently four years in the making, I am not sure if it shows; this music is not my usual territory, but I will say that the quality on display is very considered with no one sound source over cooked in the mix. There is apparent laptop manipulation, but overall it is disguised, with the atmosphere seemingly more organic in nature.
Each instrument or sound is captured as up close and personal as possible. One could feel as if the scope of "Avellaneda" is to direct our attention and politely nudge the listener to take comfort in and appreciate the finer details of their surroundings. 7/10 -- Zac Keiller (15 October, 2008)