Published Nov 08, 2017Arpo is Call Super's followup to his acclaimed debut album, Suzi Ecto. Still as unpredictable as its predecessor, Arpo is a delicate record that drifts more often than it compels any dancing. That said, its hazy opener exhibits the record's uncanny knack for juxtaposing traditional instruments with a contemporary palette of modular chimes and sputters.
Arpo forges lush soundscapes by drawing on ASMR techniques, layering textures over the arpeggiated hooks that drive the record. A saxophone player himself, Call Super subtly peppers hazy woodwind tones throughout, elevating the record's otherwise eclectic collage of electronic soundscapes.
Where some artists look to structural tropes to define their work, Call Super opts for the presence of eclectic samples that float in and out of the soundscape to trademark his work. With his keen ear for detail, Call Super drafts a mesmerizing environment that distinguishes itself by refusing categorization, reminding listeners why the British producer is among the UK's best exports. (Houndstooth)