Stop me if you've heard this one
Thomas Bartlett walks into a nominally electronic album and exclaims, "[I]t's a very odd experience to be emotionally overwhelmed by music assembled from sounds with the kind of skin-deep sheen that one normally associates with artifice, heartlessness and techno." There are also two factual errors in the piece: the label should be spelled "Gooom" (three o's), and Run Into Flowers is not the group's debut record. (I know Salon is in financial straits, but did they lay off all the editors over there?) But I'm encouraged, frankly: if Bartlett keeps discovering "electronic" music that confounds his preconceptions at this rate, he might just put the torch to the straw horse somewhere around the time of, say, Kompakt 200's release.