With his disregard towards genre boundaries, Benjamin Finger quite often comes up with out of the ordinary sounds, which obviously is a good thing. On 'Scale Of Blindness' he seems to explore the world of downtempo electronics, without the percussion, folk and ambient.
From the very first beginning of the album, Boards Of Canada comes to mind, not because of their well-known downtempo beats but because of the vocal samples and the unique array of sounds, instruments and soundscapes. Opener 'Halogen Flux' sets the tone and lures you in. The atmosphere seems rather gritty and gloomy, even though Finger stays far away from dark ambient. I don't mind.
One of the most captivating tunes is 'If Memory Preserves', a lengthy and somewhat melodic piece of music enhanced by a long vocal sample. Other acts come to mind too, including Zoviet France, O Yuki Conjugate and Laraaji. I think the thing that sets these acts - and Benjamin Finger - apart from many other ambient acts is their ability to add a unique identity to their songs instead of simply creating layer upon layer of drones and soundscapes.
'Vagabond Void' is one of my favorites here. It drives on a vague tempo and uneasy soundscapes while a far away melody tries to spook through. 'Fragrant Darkness' seems to walk the intelligent dance music path of Autechre with its glitchy synths, its clicks and its odd melody. Its follower 'Earview Map' apparently functions as a breather, being the most "easy-listening" tune on the whole album.
And then there is the long closer 'Vanishing Faces', a vintage ambient experiment that beautifully finishes off this album. There are some other tracks too but I'll leave those up to you to discover. All I can say is that each track on this album is worth checking out and that most ambient fans will easily appreciate this stuff. I know it will appear in my day-to-day playlist on a regular basis from now on. I suggest you add it to yours too...