Vagabond is an album by Nick Brennan “Tripswitch”, an electronic music artist and producer from the UK, that works mainly in the downtempo and progressive subgenres of electronic music. With nine tracks, being them This Way Home, Divine Falsehood, Vagaries, Glass Heart, Big Time Line, Zoetrope, Payola, The Left Bank and Hulahoop, what we have here is a decent album, certainly capable of pleasing the most inveterate enthusiasts of the genre, although in very, very specific places and environments.
With vociferating and rising upbeats, that circle the uplifting sonorous gears of its own paradoxical harmonies, and a contrived rhythmical constraint that solidly harmonizes sometimes nervous, but enduring cycles of marvelous continual patterns, Vagabond is generally a good album, although it does resent itself to be a little monotonous sometimes, with little to no variations. While it does provide, in one hand, decent tunes for the club scene, the tedious repetitions that goes over and over again, although it is for sure an aspect of the genre, makes listening to an album seventy seven minutes long an exceedingly boring task. If you start listening to this album in a very exciting mood, be sure after a few tracks you will be excessively drained, and not pleased at all.
While the album does have its qualities, and a landmark of the instantaneous frame of possibilities rearranged within the layers of its composite nuances, Vagabond really had the potential to be a more exciting album. Nevertheless, it can be deemed a decent, creative and definitive reference to the genre, highlighting the elements for which the genre is known. But be sure that, even if you’re an authentic enthusiast of the genre, you hardly will be far too enthusiastic about it.
In resume, this is an album set for specific audiences, and very specific places, during very specific times. Some of these tracks surely will be great to listen in the right place, especially if you’re the nocturnal and outgoing type of person, that is always out there, in the club scene and in the dance floor. Listening to this album by yourself, on the other hand, in your house, all alone, will get you totally bored. This album is specifically tied to an audience, and to the right location, and doesn’t work outside of it. It belongs exclusively to the club scene, and to the agitation of the nocturnal life. In any other circumstances, it will be an instant displacement. It is totally comprehensible this dynamic, though, since downtempo is a subgenre of electronica aiming to be repetitive. And being Nick Brennan a constant presence in the UK regional scene, it is quite obvious that he will be making albums filled with music that works in his natural environment: a dance club at midnight, with lights sparkling everywhere inside the pub, and people – mostly young – dancing all night long. This is Tripswitch: exciting in the right place, and totally boring at home!