It's been just over three years since Madato dropped his well received 'Portraits EP' on Items & Things and we're elated to have him back. This time he comes unabashed as he debuts his first true long player, 'Crafted', and with it he displays his true dexterity and expertise as a unique storyteller in a world saturated with mediocre attempts at originality.
From start to finish the album exudes a clever boldness which many artists seem to leave behind in pursuit of already proven methods resulting in forgettable artifacts. But not Madato. This is effortlessly apparent throughout 'Crafted' as techno, disco, rock and electronica freely intertwine components creating unique, dance floor gems. With a master stoke, Madato paints his silent canvas with an array of organic instruments and machines alike.
Tracks 'Last Virgin' and '17 Miles' exude a penchant for Rock'n'Roll and Dub aesthetics, effortlessly combining crunchy guitar riffs and low slung bass laid under blasts of spaced out echoes and super slick vocals.
Losing no focus, he creates other cuts leaning further into the realm of techno as heard in 'Oh Lover' and 'My Fellini'. In both, Madato constructs finely tuned, psychedelic burners by staying true to his sound through live instrumentation.
Out of all the individual concepts on the album, it's 'G-Boys' that seems to incorporate all them into one fluid piece. Freaky vocals and guitar licks meet four to the floor grooves and a quivering bassline creating a tune that is as much punk rock as it is house music. Aristotle once said, "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts" and that has never rang more true than it does with 'Crafted'.
Each individual piece stands alone on it's own merit and authenticity, but when grouped together into a package, it is a genuinely executed and incredibly cohesive vision come to life.