FOUND – Cloning

Album Review by Darren Carle | 02 Nov 2015
Album title: Cloning
Artist: FOUND
Label: Chemikal Underground
Release date: 6 Nov

Over their various iterations, Edinburgh collective FOUND have reshaped and overhauled their sound accordingly. Now down to a bare-bones two piece after the departure of fellow founder Tommy Perman, remaining duo Ziggy Campbell and Kev Sim have cleared the decks once again for fourth album Cloning. After the relative simplicity of 2011’s Factorycraft it’s clear that the creeping bent of FOUND’s more experimental leanings are returning to the fore here.

Burgeoning with vintage synths, toying with 80s sci-fi soundscapes and shot through with a filmic quality, Cloning is an album of growing depth and nuance. However, it’s tempered by more immediate melodies and a penchant for buoyant, victory lap style bass riffs from extended opener A Souvenir For Every Hope You Had onwards. Small pockets of entwining interludes and some recurring themes give Cloning some scale and gravitas, but underneath the layers it’s a wonderfully warm and welcoming record.