Sep 2011 08

Diarmo - I Am a Visitor Here
Category: Electronica
Album: I Am a Visitor Here
Stars: 2.5
Blurb: Mellow and sultry, Diarmo shows promise, but needs to cut back on the outdated instrumentals and effects.


Diarmo’s Diarmuid Slattery has a talent for delicious smoothness, as made evident on his first full-length album, I Am a Visitor Here. With mellow rhythms and soothing melodies, this could be the soundtrack for a quiet night in or a starlit drive, though heavy reliance on ‘80s effects cause many of the tunes to sound outdated.

Each piece consists of layer upon layer of luscious sound. Masterfully blended tones, beeps, and harmonies float throughout like warm waves; you can’t help but relax after just a few beats. I Am a Visitor Here starts strong with “Airport Robber,” a tune of beeps laid on top of a sultry bass and rhythm. “Sompting” is a bit more upbeat with chiming tones and what may be distorted vocal effects. “Details” is similar to “Sompting,” but adds a touch of playfulness with the sound of laughter sprinkled in here and there. The fourth track, “One for You One for Me,” begins like a toned down late ‘80s dance tune until the deep breathing begins. Then the mix of sleazy and moderately corny with a retro feel sounds more like the soundtrack to an early ‘90s Sharon Stone movie. The album goes downhill after that. Slow buildups followed by strange Buck Rogers’ instrumentals make the last five of nine tracks sound nearly indistinguishable from each other and very dated.

I Am a Visitor Here shows great talent and promise from Diarmo. Unfortunately, all the best stuff is in the first four tracks and the rest is a mash up of electronic tunes and effects that could easily be background music for a nightclub scene on an ‘80s television show set far in the future. Yet, for the first four tracks alone, it is worth a listen.

Track list:

  1. Airport Robbery
  2. Sompting
  3. Details
  4. One for You One for Me
  5. Picture 11
  6. Lee
  7. Karatee
  8. Fatigue
  9. At the Park with You

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Charity VanDeberg (CharityV)

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