dBridge's second album in seven months was produced to accompany a photobook.
It's therefore a shame that the music, White's long-standing passion, lets down the project down a little. The large collection of photos in the book are fairly standard Polaroids. They show people posing in clubs and at festivals. There are cityscapes and architectural scenes. Travel is also a theme. The iconic instant photo style—raw, imperfect, nostalgic—is there in abundance. But the collection's power comes from the extensive number of faces from the bass music and drum & bass community. If you're interested in, or a part of, this scene, the photobook is the sort of thing it's easy to imagine fondly leafing through a few decades from now: "Ah, those were the days."
White hasn't billed the album as a soundtrack to the photobook, but they are sold together and the music is described as "accompanying." However the link was thought of, though, it's difficult to recognise a bond between the unkempt, carefree and, well, happy images and the moody little album that comes with them. For sure, an LP awash with sepia-tinted chords and atmospheric crackle would have been too on the nose—it's just difficult to draw parallels between a sci-fi ambient piece like "Mauve" and a photo of Goldie grinning on a beach.
There is something to be said, though, for White's continuing willingness to follow his musical instincts wherever they lead him, a quality that was clear on the strong A Love I Can't Explain. Tracks like "Hidden Intention," "Tear Me Open" and "Volitile Level" explore a sort of post-halftime style that White likes bending into differing moods and shapes. "Comments," a highlight, could be a Deep Medi B-side, while the warm, crawling "Unburied" also stands out. If you're invested enough to pick up the book, it's quite likely you'll get a kick out of some of these tracks. For others, though, this may be viewed as an inessential dBridge project.