A selection of reviews for ATP music
SILENCE WILL BE ASSUMED AS ACCEPTANCE (2021)
** Electronic Sound Magazine – Mat Smith **
“The time to act is now” intones a voice at the start of Daniel Parsons’ fourth ATP album, and across a series of 12 activist electronica cuts, the pigeon-masked producer duly tackles racism, mental health, climate change and Dominic Cummings.
Comprehending the jumble of ideas on ‘Can You Manage? Do You Understand?’ is like trying to untangle humanity’s sundry self-tied knots, while the urgent beats of of ‘Holding My Breath’ are offset by Tiger Mendoza and Charis Cooper’s soulful vocals. Important stuff from the birdman of Sussex.
** The Mild Mannered Mix – Max **
“Silence will be Assumed as Acceptance” by Amongst the Pigeons is, with more than half the year still to come, a contender for album of the year.
It is a peculiar, eccentric and delirious collection of songs where the narrow frame of reference of so many “new” bands, playing “new” music is cast aside, dropped into the cultural dustbin and in place of “Rubber Soul” and “The Village Green Preservation Society”, Daniel Parsons looks to stranger shores for inspiration.
There are echoes of nineties dance culture, trip-hop, drum and bass and sundry other block rockin’ beats here. There are dark, but thrilling, flashes of the sort of early electronica that the likes Human League were crafting on the likes of 1979’s “Reproduction” as well as things that wouldn’t be out of place on an upbeat grime album. I could hear Kano knocking out a version of “The Great Dying”.
While lazy bores like to dismiss electronica & dance music as being “soulless” and lacking in the musical/lyrical depth of “rawk” this is an album with things to say. This is also a widescreen album, cinematic at times…broad strokes but intimate and personal at the same time. Not a Marvel movie, a mumblecore flick with a great score?
There are lots of bits & pieces of, allegedly, new music that is, in fact, just familiar music. With “Silence…” we have something that manages to sound fresh as a daisy, despite being sculpted from inspirations that are familiar.
A clever trick. This is a clever album.
** Iniquitous Glory – Bobby Gant **
“It is an album of big themes and Amongst The Pigeons doesn’t shy away from tackling big topics which is to be applauded; indeed it would be good if a few more artists would delve into this kind of territory. There is a rebellious energy, an honest spirit and a DIY ethos that carries it all along on a sea of wonky electronica and lashings of subterranean psychedelic sound.
Silence Will Be Assumed As Acceptance is a record full of diverse sounds from across the electronic sound spectrum, exploring the issues of modern life, society and human existence today. It’s a good album but more significantly, it is an important album. More artists need to speak up and speak out on some of these issues and this album shows that you can do that in a number of ways, without sacrificing artistic freedom or the scope to experiment and explore. Yes, that matters”. – read full review here.
** Arcana FM – Ben Hogwood **
“Silence Will Be Assumed As Acceptance is a lean beast, scooting through its dozen tracks in under 40 minutes with no padding at all. Its message is powerful but never ‘preachy’, and the busy electronics complement the vocals rather than smothering them.
an album full of incident and heart but with strong underlying messages that are fiercely relevant to today’s world. It is a shot in the arm – or should I say shoulder?! – read full review here.
“This album is BRILLIANT” – Mike – New Music Saturday Show
BEFORE THE STORM HITS (2020)
“Like some weird kind of psychedelic fuckery – I’m lost for words” – Phil Taggart – Radio One
“Charged with latent energy and the uncertainty of not quite knowing whats about to hit you” Mat Smith – Further Music Blog
“Pure class and totally fucked up” – New Music Saturday Show
THOSE STOLEN MOMENTS (2019)
** Further Evidence (Mat Smith ) **
It is a record of continually-evolving electronic juxtapositions and thought-provoking contemplations on how we spend that most undervalued of commodities – our personal time.
** New Music Social ( Jon Milton ) **
The 1990s was an amazingly creative time for dance music. The number of genres spawned over that decade is mind-boggling – house, breakbeat, lounge, drum & bass, hardcore, happy house, techno, ambient and more all surfaced, in some corners infiltrating mainstream music and in others taking experimentation to new levels.
It is from this golden era that Amongst the Pigeons has taken its influences, and these influences really shine through on new album ‘Those Stolen Moments’. According to the press release accompanying the album, it has been 7 years since the last ATP album and 5 years since they said they would not be making any more music, but things have changed, pretty much by accident in July 2018 while producer/performer Daniel Parsons was in Perch, his local coffee shop.
While working on his laptop he started recording some of the ‘clinking’ in the background and very quickly turned it into a beat. Upon returning home and going to his ‘shedio’ the song was fully fleshed and became ‘Perching’; the first new ATP song since 2014. Perching is indeed a very interesting tune. Imagine that you’re in a coffee shop yourself but in an altered state of consciousness, this would form the perfect soundtrack. Quirky and almost filmic, it’s quite trippy.
There was no intention at this stage for Daniel to continue writing but the ideas kept on coming, albeit encumbered by the challenges of having to juggle a full-time job (including a 4 hour daily commute), spending time with a young family and doing all the other tasks that seem to engulf our daily lives. The efforts to try and harness these ideas within time constraints inspired the album title ‘Those Stolen Moments’.
Perhaps the most obvious influence on the album is Orbital, particularly on tracks like Inflight Entertainment, the 25th Hour, and Water into Whiskey, but there’s also a nod to a number of other artists, such as Juan Atkins, Model 500, Autechre, Future Sound of London, Carl Craig, Slam, B12 and the Black Dog. Beautiful Negative Space for example could have found its way onto a Black Dog album, At Any Opportunity wouldn’t be out of place on a Slam album and Thinking is Addictive, which features a speech from Eckhart Tolle about humans needing to be mindful, sounds like it could have been written by Model 500.
That’s not to say however that these tunes are carbon copies of the artists that have influenced them. The benefit of creating music influenced by an era is that you can avoid some of the mistakes made, and Those Stolen Moments does this well by keeping its 9 songs brief and to the point, and adding its own unique style to the mix. At a mere 27 minutes long, the album flies by, with almost every track around the 3-minute mark, and there is minimal reliance on 4/4 beats.
ATP wear their influences with pride too, judging by the video to 25th Hour, which features footage of ravers from the 90’s. Anyone who remembers picking up instructions from a designated petrol station to find the location of the rave, arriving at said rave with immense anticipation before dancing the night away, might want to give that a watch!
IF I CLOSE MY EYES (2014)
** Fresh on the net (James Robins) **
First up, and clinching ‘song title of the week’ straight out of the gate, is the somewhat mysterious electronica artist, Amongst The Pigeons. Whoever, or whatever, it is they’ve been honing their sound, and a penchant for masks and avant-garde videos, since 2004. A look at their Bandcamp page reveals a healthy back catalogue to explore, featuring collaborations with the likes of Frank Turner and Chris T-T. This track Bursts into life with a seemly straightforward drumbeat, which acts as a base as subtle layers of embellishment are built up to create and intricate, looping puzzle of a tune. Listening to it is gazing intently at a painting, as shades of light, shimmers of colour and shapes of form gradually reveal themselves. This is the title track from Amongst The Pigeons’ new 6-track ‘Close My Eyes EP’, which is released via their website on 24 November.
** Rob Da Bank – 6 Music DJ **
Nice title..and cool song 🙂
COCKTAIL PARTY SYNDROME (2014)
** 6 MUSIC (Steve Lamacq) **
I do like the fact that he’s managed to capture what sounds like electronic cooing.
Said after playing ‘Waiting in the rain’ on 6 music recommends.
GET AMONGST IT (2012)
** Brighton Source (Stuart Huggett) **
Producer Charlie Thompson returns with his second Amongst The Pigeons album, once again enlisting an impressive set of guest vocalists including fellow Brighton residents Chris T-T and Stick In A Pot. ATP (that acronym must cause confusion among the international tennis playing/indie rock fraternities) mixes up rhythms ranging from gentle loops to springy disco, with a handful of random, sometimes nonsensical, samples scattered around. The song-orientated tracks are the obvious picks, but ATP’s restless imagination throws up plenty of inspired moments. .
** ROOMTHIRTEEN (Matt Rich) **
After releasing a well acclaimed debut album in 2009, receiving rave reviews from the festival circuit and spending a year further honing their craft, electro-party rockers Amongst The Pigeons seemed to have picked up the rave-shaped ball where they left off with new album Get Amongst It . Upon the first immediate listen, you feel like you’ve been thrown onto the set of an old school sci-fi TV series being directed Gary Numan, the glitchty beats that make up good percentage of Amongst The Pigeons’ sound loop in and out and over each making some crazy patterns in one’s head. Dizzying? Yes but beautiful at the same time. The use of up and coming British folk talent providing the vocals is a clever move, adding more dimensions and warmth to something that could potentially sound cold and soulless. The likes of Chris T-T lending his dulcet tones to the Mike Skinner-esque narrative of Empties For a sound that has been so well established over the years, it is refreshing to hear a progressive and relatively new take being thrown into the mix. Every track jumps from tempo to tempo with shadowy samples appearing from almost out of nowhere; it certainly keeps you on your toes which seem to be a rarity these days. In a scene that has been seemingly dominated by dubstep, it is cool that electronic music is able to push boundaries without resorting to the wobbling bass now seeming slightly main stream. After the success of SBTRKT, the next potential wave of forward thinking electro-heads has seemed to have landed fast and firmly into the consciousness of the party animal masses. An album that bends and melds genres to its own will with such ease and that creates a million pictures in your head. Roll on summer as the soundtrack has arrived.
REPEAT TO FADE EP (2010)
** Sound Advise (Isaac Ashe) **
BRIGHTON beat maker Amongst The Pigeon’s Repeat To Fade EP is worth playing over again.A more sturdy, flowing collection than his eclectic LP Music To Brush Your Teeth To, the six-track release starts slow with ambient Mocha To Go and then progresses nicely throughout.A little of the comical quirkiness of previous Amongst The Pigeons has been lost, and any song about a waltz such as Michael Jackson’s Last Waltz should surely be three beats-per-minute, harrumph.But nevertheless with tracks like the moody The Darker Side Of… and skankin’ The Kids Of Today this excellent collection should be racing into your collection.
** Tasty Fanzine (James Borland) **
Right from the off Amongst The Pigeons’ use off ‘found sounds’ is evident: Opening song ‘Mocha To Go’ uses audio recorded at Belfast Airport to create the backdrop for this dark and intense start to the EP. It’s the perfect opening for what is to come, almost an “are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin…” type of track. It settles you in your seat ready for the fifteen minutes of lo-fi electronica that follows. That’s not to say that the EP lacks energy, it is in fact very powerful and energetic at times. However it doesn’t make you want to dance around the room – it’s the sort of thing you could stick on after a night out and relax to. The influences in the music are very obvious, weird break beats like Aphex Twin, deep house moments like Orbital and spoken word and synth pads like Art of Noise. But it doesn’t sound like any of those artists, it sounds very unique. Maybe it’s down to its simplicity, or maybe it’s because Amongst The Pigeons is like a culmination of all of those influences rather than just one or the other. Either way, ‘Repeat to fade’ is a brilliantly interesting EP. 9/10
** Brighton Source (NC) **
Post-party mash-up music is the snappy soundbite accompanying this strange release, although anyone hoping to come down gently to its tonal niceties is likely to spiral back into a giddy hallucinogenic whirl. Eerie spoken vocals vie with dark electronic beats and everyday soundscapes, from Belfast airport to a gaggle of pissed-up teens, creating an uneasy yet wholly compelling package from the deepest recesses of the artistic psyche. ‘Michael Jackson’s Last Waltz’, in particular, sums up what one would imagine a remotely administered overdose might indeed feel like – pretty damn bloody spooky we’d imagine.
**Tuna The Day (Ade) **
Love it! …. Like a dark Mr Scruff.
MUSIC TO BRUSH YOUR TEETH TO (2009)
“Short, Sweet & a Tad JAZZY”
Rob Da Bank – Radio One
“Amongst The Pigeons has made a rather lovely album, maintaining a distinctly unlo-fi feel to his dreamy electro-house. It really is the sound of a radiant summer.”
Dannii Leivers – The Fly
“A Bizarre collection of electronica propped up with sampled poetry, ticket collectors and random you tube.”
NC – Brighton Source
“From wonderfully warm house to spasmodic IDM via trippy stories and scathing satire, there appears to be nothing he’s incapable of.”
David Jenkins – iDJ Magazine
“BRIGHTON-based dance DJ Amongst The Pigeons has scrubbed up well on his first offering. On first listen you wonder where the LP is going, meandering about in a world of blips and subdued beats. But then the individual tracks get you – like the fantastic lofi Frank Turner collaboration Larkin or smile-raising weirdness such as Bird Flew – and you realise that Music To Brush Your Teeth To is like one long quirky interlude from start to finish..”
Isaac Ashe – Sound Advice
“Amongst The Pigeons new record is an interesting mash of beats and loops. The quirky, playful scrapbook-like nature of each track; following one path before breaking up into something else, can bring to mind the exaggerated experimentation of The Orb, or KLF, fading from tune to broken beat to distorted noise and back..”Music To Brush Your Teeth To” is an intelligent record, calling on many different influences and recorded out of the studio which probably adds to the quirky aspect and the fuzzy production, making it feel quite real and solid for an album of electronica. It is full of interesting ideas and worth your time though.”
Emma Gould – Room Thirteen
“The album is based upon a cloudiness of soaring loops, glitches, voice samples and electro beats, having samples that would have any sci-fi junkie cock-in-hand. It is perfect post-party mash-up music.”
Electrifying! And quite comical too. Each song has its own “jazzy” quality to it which makes it the perfectly churned butter for your toasted wheat bread! As you may have noticed, the album revolves around the main concept of “Pigeons” and is very clever in choosing the album art, which I believe is a pigeon trying to brush its teeth. Even the name of the songs revolve around the pigeon theme like “Pavlov’s pigeon” and “Bird Flew”. I personally think the best track on the album has to be “Deep Housey” because it’s a collaboration of jazzy funk and futuristic electronica which makes it sound so modern and lively. Each song has bits of everything in it like laser sound effects and hallucinating percussion beats. And sound effects like excerpts of news and radio articles using very British accents. That’s probably the only vocal contribution to the album, but on the whole it works. What really gave me some respect for the album was the thoughtful message on the cd cover… “peace & feathers xxx”
” It comes together well on the bleepy, clanging Bird Flew, or the lush The Red Lights That Guide You Home (Part One), or the gentle beats and newscast style sample of On A Train (In Holland) it’s really good dance music with mixed tempo’s. But when you can give Lemon Jelly a run for their money with a track like If You Unwrap The Wrapper You Leave Me Exposed or get Frank Turner to record with you on Larkin About then you are certainly on he right lines. .”
Kevin Trotter – The Beat Surrender
” Amongst The Pigeons is essentially a lo, lo, lo, lo-fi or no-fi and even gloriously nerdier version of Hot Chip. But his album ‘Music To Brush Your Teeth To’ is a lot more intriguing than and will make you’re brain bug out and probably make it feel a bit drained. Then there’s the Boards Of Canada-esque doomtronica of ‘The Red Lights That Guide You Home (Part One)’. But then this is more than a good secret to keep to yourself, but whilst you do you might as well enjoy it..”
Ben Bradford – Subba Culture
“An interesting array of noises, shapes and soundscapes that take you from one corner of the speaker to another!
Brilliant.” Katy Jay – WCRfm (101.8fm)
“Indie electronica meets classic detroit techno – quality result!”
Rich from solitonresearch.com
“Pure dark ambient beat’s that will make the hair’s on the back of your neck stand and take notice. Definitely a future classic. 2009 will be ATP’s year” Darran Mackin from the midweek mixtape show
ATP DEMOS (2008)
“The results of investigating this four track demo are positive…..there’s something engaging about these ever so slightly blissful tracks that make Amongst The Pigeons well worth keeping an eye on”
RockMidgets.com – Demo Review
“Laid Back, Electro and Indie and the 3 main words I’d use to describe the track. I really like the track and recommend you check the group out if you like them”
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