The Karl Hyde solo debut has absolutely nothing to do with his Underworld project. Except for his vocals, of course. Together with guitarist Leo Abrahams, whom he met in the Pure Scenius project led by Brian Eno, he creates still lifes on the edge of silence: ambient for the big city, thoughts of the cliff to burnout, which he must have touched now and then with Underworld. The Tunes have thoughts like "The Night Slips Us Smiling Underneath It's Dress", "Your Perfume Was The Best Thing" or "Slummin' It For The Weekend" and come up with a poetry Hyde has never heard of before. But this fits wonderfully to the soundscapes, in which every now and then even guitars and, as on "The Boy With The Jigsaw Puzzle Fingers" or "Shoulda Been A Painter", discreet beats get lost. Discreet, this is also the state that prevails on all "Edgeland". When it's over, one wonders if there's been more here than a breeze of beautiful moments, which in the case of the opulent "Shadow Boy", however, swelled to a stiff breeze.
Top track: Shadow Boy