A requiem for the lovesick
Ryan “Addled” Cavanagh''s dense tech house is rather tranquil, and these four tracks suggest that the New York–based producer has spent a lot of time with Stephan Bodzin''s Liebe Ist or sifting through the ornamental Border Community catalog. With crisp clicks and woeful chord progressions, Heartbreachno remains club-friendly for its duration, but Cavanagh''s synth beds and disconnected, gurgling vocal clips never allow for tedium.
When the tablas and kick vanish intermittently on Heartbreachno''s title track, the handful of soft tones at its center take to the surface, sparkling and uncomplicated. Cavanagh dresses everything like that, though. The lagging swells on “Where Am I?” aren''t rattled enough by the pulses and snare rolls beneath them to move any faster, and the synth-heavy “I''m Sorry, I''m Sorry” could well be new wave, bubbling with microtones that manage to gather in perfect unison, each playing the same sad song in their own distinctively weepy manner. After months of idling between a “meaningful” and then “casual” romantic entanglement, hover in the corner and hold this one close when the “big talk” goes south. [4 out of 5 stars]