Stateless – Stateless
Stateless are another winner of the association lottery. I picked up Triple J’s magazine and in it was an advert for this band that were described as Boards of Canada meets Thom Yorke. Sounds like something that I’d be interested in. Then came the kicker: a quote from DJ Shadow saying “As close to perfection as I’ve heard in a long time”. If that’s what the man says then that’s good enough for me. Turns out Stateless vocalist Chris James (who sounded a bit familiar) provided vocals on Shadow’s latest album, the Outsider.
Stateless sticks to a fairly tried and tested trip-hop formula, that frankly the likes of Massive Attack and Portishead pulled off perfectly in the mid-90’s. But it’s done here with care and a level of polish that makes it hard to resist. There’s an air of familiarity to these songs; “Down Here” sounds like the melancholy music of the early Resident Evil games. The best tracks are “Bloodstream”, a breezy elegant track and drum and strings-led “This Language”
The only weird one is “Radiokiller” (chorus is basically “She’s a radiokiller”. What does that mean?). Aside from that, it’s an enjoyable album. Stateless is the kind of record that the last U.N.K.L.E. record could’ve been, if James Lavelle didn’t want to be in Queens Of The Stone Age. It’s polished, but but never bland; melodic but sometimes abrasive. The songs are good and the albu is sonically varied enough for it to be interesting every time I’ve listened to it:
Stateless – Prism #1: