Faux Pas - Entropy Begins at Home

You know when you enter an inner-city bar to have a drink with a mate, and the music is pumping... with the worst beats a bargain bin has to offer? You know, that music the owner thought might make his over-priced bar seem 'happening' to us young 'hip cats'? Well now you know what to buy that Armani-wearing jerk; Faux Pas' debut album Entropy Begins At Home.


Faux Pas is Melbourne artist, Tim Shiel. He raised eyebrows last year with his first EP Faux Feels, an inspired little piece of controlled chaos. Merging home-made afrobeats with organic instruments and twiddley effects, Shiel has once again delivered a beautifully crafted body of work.


Entropy Begins At Home is a manic journey of sounds, bound by neither genre nor era. The opening track Tema De Christina sets the tone for the album. Progressive beats building into a climatic aural assault, it delivers an inspired barrage of sounds. Hermann's Hermans is more subdued, though just as unpredictable. It's not unlike listening to a black and white film score on acid. Fusing typical classic Hollywood scores with modern beats and bleeps, it's a journey unto itself.


In Shiel's own words, Wine Into Water is the heart of the album. A cut-and-paste construction of future-folk, it delivers rolling melodies with euphoric force.


The most impressive thing about Entropy Begins At Home is that while it adheres to a recipe of experimental chaos, it also manages to escape the almost inevitable trap of becoming self-indulgent. For The Trees is brilliantly constructed. Muted acoustic guitar strums build the foundation of the progressive beats. Faux Pas drives the track with sampled horns and laser-beams to make up one rocking standout opus of electro fun!


Having not yet made the move to reproduce his work live, you can only imagine the nightmare ahead for Faux Pas. While his approach may be minimalist, the result is anything but. Entropy Begins At Home is a brilliant journey of the last 60 years dragged into the present. An impressive debut that deserves to be heard.

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