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THE LAWLESS - Habit Forming

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Mille Plateaux Organic MPORG001
Release Year: 2011
Note: another new sublabel for M.P. with an album by ROSS Mc LEAN aka THE LAWLESS sounding like a ENNIO MORRICONE or QUENTIN TARRANTINO-film soundtrack (as the label says) - though not sampled but all handplayed & self-composed....
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"Do you know the feeling when a tune sounds totally familliar to you, even though you never heared it before? When I first heared the HABIT FORMING demo, I was certain it must have been sampled from some 60s/70s B-movie soundtracks by e.g. ENNIO MORRICONE that QUENTIN TARANTINO did not exploit yet. Or a unknown JAMES BOND movie. So, I really couldn't believe it when the artist, Ross McLean, told me these were his genuine recordings, and i instantly knew I found something very rare. Over a period of more than 2 years he not only composed and produced the entire album all by himself, he also played almost all of the instruments: Bass, Guitar, Drums, Piano, Keyboards, Accordeon, Flutes, Glockenspiel, Percussion and backing Vocals.
HABIT FORMING instantly gets you with it's mysterious, charming and warm atmosphere. The catchy but decent melodies are rather breathed than sung by Fifi Dewey, wordless and unisono with the instruments, which sometimes creates a almost oriental and 60s feel. The extremely rich orchestration makes you discover more little details every time, and recording the instruments with a lot of 'room' or 'air' makes the sound even more lively.

All in all, you can't help thinking this MUST be a soundtrack... - maybe to the next Tarantino movie? The only sad thing about HABIT FORMING is that it is the best album i will ever release -Marcus Gabler (A&R Mille Plateaux), November 2011.

HABIT FORMING introduces the new MILLE PLATEAUX ORGANIC label. It expands the range of MILLE PLATEAUX's sounds by (electro)acoustic, avant-pop or, simply put, non-electronic productions." [label info]