Coloured in Memory, though, doesn't stop there, and expands the label's sound whilst avoiding the usual dance album trap of between-banger fillers. 'Sedatives for the Sentimental' sounds like the dying cry of a synthesized sea creature and 'All Good Things' is a stunning, heartbreakingly beautiful cut with strings that would make Kelly Polar seethe with envy. The overall feel is melancholic, even on the more upbeat tracks. Fairmont underscores the point on 'Bikini Atoll' where bluesy riffs and a slow ‘50s rock and roll beat sit happily alongside shifting, modulated electronic effects. Recently the country/electronic mood-link has been made by Matthew Dear on 'Asa Breed', Chloe on 'The Waiting Room' and Andrew Weatherall on 'Wrong Meeting', but Fairmont's effort is one of the best.
The less successful tracks are the ones where Jake Fairley sings. He's not the worst vocalist in electronic music by a long stretch (think Apparat on 'Leave me Alone' from Orchestra of Bubbles. Yuk). However, 'Calm Before the Storm', 'Fade and Saturate' and in particular 'Time's Fool' are somewhat vacant and reek of lonely man staring out of a window pining for his ex-girlfriend. Melancholy, good: mawkish, bad. Chin up, Fairmont.