By Shaun Chait
'Object' is album two for Paul McLaney under the Gramsci moniker, and is a quality release in every way. The packaging is very smart and tasteful indeed and recording took place in Napier - a glowing example of the developments made in sound quality in this country. The music itself is what we have come to expect from McLaney - beautiful, provoking, developed and natural. He weaves technology into his pop songs to create a sort of electronic folk. It's nice to see artists use technology and noise their way, and McLaney comes across assured and confident in his angle, colouring his songs with clever programming, letting his work be songs first, breathing life with a noise-laden background that is unintrusive, even when to the forefront. This is a great album to make dinner to - turn off the telly and let yourself get lost in its emotions. Out on McLaney's own label Ma(c)hine with distribution courtesy of Kog.