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  • Summary: The fifth full-length solo release for the The Sea and Cake band member is his first in five years.
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  • Record Label: Thrill Jockey
  • Genre(s): Avant-Garde, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Indie Pop, Post-Rock, Experimental Electronic
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  1. Sep 3, 2020
    This is a lovely record. The motion of ‘Circle Line’, the charm of ‘Summer Places’. Comma is an exercise in taste, expertise and skill as much as anything else, and it’s evidence (if it were ever in doubt) that contemporary modular synths can be used to highly emotive and beautiful effect.
  2. Sep 14, 2020
    It’s tricky to praise music so clearly based on form and balance. Comma isn’t filled with a mind-warping atmosphere you’ve heard nowhere else, it’s not an invitation to meditate or do yoga, and it probably won’t make you cry. It offers something ineffable that I can best call a “presence,” and its ability to center you in the here and now is, in its own low-key and meticulous way, overwhelming.
  3. Sep 3, 2020
    These are the strongest and most immediate of Prekop's electronic songs, feeling more meaningful and intentional than the interesting experiments of earlier albums. It took him a few records to get here, but with Comma, Prekop finally affixes his distinctive melodic sensibilities and songwriting voice onto his electronic compositions.
  4. Mojo
    Sep 3, 2020
    Since 2010's Old Punch Card, he's added opulent modular synthesis to his armoury, a pursuit that reaches an accessible apotheosis here. [Aug 2020, p.89]
  5. Sep 9, 2020
    Despite coming up against a couple of creative cul-de-sacs, Comma largely succeeds in blending the most appealing elements of ambient, kosmische and electro into a heady brew.
  6. Uncut
    Sep 3, 2020
    There's a more pronounced sense of drive and velocity. [Aug 2020, p.36]
  7. Sep 10, 2020
    Though some of the instrumental tracks on the new LP lack the emotive heft of his guitar-based work (I, for one, miss that expressive voice of his), they make up for the lack of six strings and all their trappings with majestic textures and colors. Comma, in the end, is Prekop's fullest realization yet of his Brian Eno-like quest to toe the line between avant leanings and pop or rock narrative tendencies.
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