It's such a
sign o' the times when a record as utterly glorious as this
the kind of record that turns you into a carnival barker of gooey
praise is the product of a 22-year-old Canadian mathematician.
That said, the organicky, downbeat, polyrhythmic saunters of the
delightfully dubbed Start Breaking My Heart have much more in
common with the post-rock disco dalliances of the Fridge/Four Tet
family than they do with the icy, humorless precision of ye olde
laptop lords. Mr. Manitoba, Dan Snaith, allays his tonal emotions
through established idioms of the warm-'n'-friendly un-electro set,
weaving guitars, hand percussion, human-beatboxing and sampled
children in a set that moves amiably through
rhythm-and-counter-rhythm rundowns of almost "rock"-like dynamics.