Exercises has a distinctly 20th century feel. Opener “1 (Entry)” lures us in with a melancholy bed of synths, while standout “3 (Building)”‘s rolling piano melodies build to a cathartic crescendo. The lone vocal piece, “5 (September),” is a cover of the opener to David Sylvian’s Secrets of the Beehive album, refitted with 2-step percussion and wintry pads. This is a change of pace for CFCF to be sure, but no less cinematic and evocative than his 2009 debut Continent, an impressive collage of vintage electronic textures evoking grandiose landscapes worthy of a Michael Mann film. Each track feels like an exploration of lost memories, studies in nostalgia, exercises in spatial remembrance.
Excercises follows a series of evolving mixtapes Silver has released. Do U Like Nightbus? explores the titular “genre” through his remixes of Aaliyah, Ciara and Twin Peaks, while Reincarnation presents a dark mindmeld of exotic chants, pounding drums, R&B crooners and menacing dancefloors. As with his own music, you get the feeling you are embarking on a fantastic journey to an unknown destination.