Album Review: John Talabot / ‘Fin, Deluxe Edition’ (Permanent Vacation)

John Talabot Fin, Deluxe Edition

★★★★☆

Barcelonan acupuncturist John Talabot and his first Fin edition were both ’80s-synth savvy and made for the Balearics, like the keyboard fashionistas had dropped their first E and found out what dance music was really all about — an excellent bond of past and future. Now it comes with an extra disc of additional, alternative and remixed material, the latter two supplements making you wonder whether Talabot will dare to fight the awe of the sunset’s glow

Those fitting his original route include “I Want Tonite” inviting you to the church of Talabot, a handout of cosmic disco to bless your mind via a Balearic big bang. The LP version of “Matilda’s Dream” eases into position despite its angularity, its chrome polish glistening with a calming embrace, and the meditative, angels landing of “Mai Mes” surveys the scenery from an exalted vantage point. With post-dubstep signifiers on “Journeys,” these unexplored areas are worthy extenders of the context, and the prominent orchestral groundswell to “Last Land” gets a tetchier refix from Kenton Slash Demon, provocatively putting a dent in the dreams without breaking stride.

“Destiny” and “Journeys” are also vocalised more, but the former’s Bullion version reveals too much 80s scenery and turns its nose up at the less is more. The ’80s Tapemix of “Zanzibar” and the Pachanga Boys taking on “When The Past Was Present” go close to disappearing into dry ice — though picturing it by sunset with love in your heart, you’ll give these and the album’s inspirational objectives the benefit of the doubt.

File under: Todd Terje, D.A.R.Y.L., Tomas Barfod

Matt Oliver