This is a rather interesting story. Faultline is David Kosten, a knob-twister extraordinaire who doesn't look unlike the Hartnoll brothers of Orbital. Seems David has an album coming out and wants to acquire some vocal talent for it, so he sends letters to all his dream collaborators saying, essentially, "I like you and want you to sing on my record." He sent out six letters and received five affirmative answers, so his debut album, Your Love Means Everything, has two tracks sung by Chris Martin of Coldplay, one by REM's Michael Stipe, and another by Wayne Coyne of Flaming Lips, not to mention Jacob Golden's song and guitar work on another by ex-Verve axe king Nick McCabe. And from stellar talent comes a stellar album. The album was excellent to begin with, the guests just pushed it over the precipice. The album is all dark electronica, somewhere in-between Boards of Canada and Portishead minus Beth Gibbons. The guests make it dark electronica with amazing vocal bits. This is what James Lavelle and DJ Shadow had in mind when they conceptualized Psyence Fiction. Kosten just one-ups them by pulling it off. Brilliant.
JEREMY P. GOLDSTEIN