Editors’ Notes Brazil-born, Bay Area-based producer Amon Tobin made his name in the late '90s with some of the most dazzlingly hyperkinetic electronic music since jungle. Fear in a Handful of Dust is radically dynamic, but it’s a long way from the jazz-sampling breakbeat fantasias of his early work: Entirely avoiding traditional percussion, electronic as well as acoustic, Tobin instead sinks his teeth into slippery layers of tone and texture. Like ruined spires beneath the waves, the occasional hint of a familiar shape lurks below the surface: That might be a guitar plucking its way through “On a Hilltop Sat the Moon,” while the pitch-shifted arpeggios of “Fooling Alright” conjure lysergic fun-fair memories. But for the most part, Tobin’s shape-shifting soundscapes are a foray into pure abstraction, in which the metallic ripples of a 20th-century composer like Morton Subotnick are filtered through the expressiveness of contemporary experimental music at its most lyrical.

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On a Hilltop Sat the Moon
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3:36
 
Vipers Follow You
2
4:18
 
Freeformed
3
3:09
 
Pale Forms Run By
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4:50
 
Heart of the Sun
5
3:22
 
Velvet Owl
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7:47
 
Fooling Alright
7
3:12
 
Milk Millionaire
8
2:13
 
Three Different Hat Sizes
9
3:55
 
Dark as Dogs
10
4:19
 

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