Leila, 'Blood Looms and Blooms' (Warp)

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Blood Looms and Blooms
Critical Mass
Label: Warp

by Spencer Kornhaber

Not unlike friend and collaborator Björk, songwriter/producer Leila Arab concocts electronica that seduces by surprise. With guest vocalists crooning over synth wiggles seemingly lifted from Aphex Twin's Richard D. James Album, the Iranian expat's first record in eight years is as tuneful as it is brazen: "Meddle" crunches like a great Nine Inch Nails instrumental, while "Little Acorns" finds a groove with baby talk and breakbeats. When applause reveals "Young Ones" as a live piano recital, it effectively opens a wormhole back to a reality you'd almost forgotten.

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