After many years of living in the city, you get the sense that finally Adam Marshall—one of those Canadian ex-pats—is finally finding his own production language. Or that it's finally resonating. Marshall has an EP out on Simple, an imprint that has nothing to do with the Canadian scene, as well as the sterling North at Night EP already to his name in 2009. And as good as those releases are, "Vespers" might be the best. Its chunky house beat is unremarkable, but the radio transmissions and synth programming are anything but. The sampled radio is used—unlike Akufen—underneath as coloring, appearing every so often for a moment to remind you of its existence, while the synths lay out a long, glowering phrase. The best part? When most everything cuts out aside from a voice telling us, "We're getting to be toward the official peak."
"Deep Knight Track" doesn't match the heights of "Vespers," but it's still a solid track, taking a echoing synth stab as its raison d'être and going all Tony Lionni with it every so often. It's a playful little tune, and one that can probably have great use as set builder, but I'm having trouble getting past "Vespers" most times that I break this out. I anticipate you will too.