Dntel – Life is Full of Possibilities.
October 23, 2010 Leave a comment
“All the Courage and Talent You Have, Was Just in Dreams”
– James Tomborello
Dntel (an alias of James Tomborello) is an indie electronica/glitch artist, I’m going to be looking at one of his early albums ‘Dumb Luck‘ (2001). The album is just five tracks long but on average each song itself lasts about five to six minutes, giving you more time to enjoy Tomborello’s synthy tones.
I came across Dntel when looking for ambient music for a short animation I was making, I never actually got round to finishing off the project but the pre-production research has now left me with a new-found interest in ambient music. Tomborello’s music is special because it is most likely unlike anything you have heard before; the best way I can think of to describe Tomborello’s tones is that they do not sound dissimilar to the sound you get in your ears when you put your head underwater. All work composed by Tomborello is created through his keyboard and post-editing suite, much in the same vein as other electronica artists such as Owl City.
When listening to Dntel’s album it is clear to notice that he favours female voices that lend themselves better the relaxed nature of his music. However in some songs (most noticeable in ‘Last Songs’) Tomborello deliberately ‘glitches’ his music track to make it jump and play in a seemingly erratic way; though this is actually done in a very acute way giving the music a very unique feel.
Overall Dntel’s album is a great listen, it will relax you and maybe even inspire you. I’m not going to use a star rating system for these reviews but just a verdict.
Go out and buy this album, it’s incredible.
To find out more about Dntel visit James Tomborellos website.
To see the video I used their track ‘Last Songs’ in click here and find ‘Three Things’.