Oh fuck off, people are allowed to be into different things. Liking Bonobo and doing molly aren't mutually exclusive, and the fact is a lot of Bonobo's work is beautiful as it is without you adding negative connotations. Just because you disapprove doesn't make you right; screw people for having fun right.
I agree that it's a subtle evolution. Not sure how this could be considered predictable. If Black Sands in general and "Kiara" in particular is the most predictable and recognizable Bonobo sound, almost nothing on Migration can be said to sound like that -- most of these songs are long, meandering, and not immediately catchy in the way many of his famous tracks are. With one or two exceptions, it's also less club-friendly than North Borders, which had several straight-up UK-garage bangers with heavy bass. There's less continuity here and the album is really all over the place, as is befitting from an album about traveling the world -- form follows content. It's not my favorite (North Borders is and I was expecting/hoping NB part 2), and its lengthy forays into introspective ambient aren't for everyone, but to call it a copy of his old music shows you're not listening closely. Also, "Break Apart" and "Second Sun" have made me cry multiple times, so I can dig it.
Maybe not on some other level like a lot of you seem to want, but I love the subtle evolution over his career. Migration is a blissful listen and a great way to start 2017. I love all the vocal collaborations, too. By the way, anyone think this is just what he wants to make for himself? Is a musician required to challenge himself to come up with new sounds?
Migration's a very pretty LP, but not much more. At this stage, Bonobo knows exactly what'll appeal to listeners and is doing exactly that. But rarely does he challenge it. Makes for a decent record with some definite high points, but nothing much more. http://dozensofdonuts.blogspot.com/2017/01/bonobo-migration-review.html
I don't get your enthusiasm. "Migration" is probably the least interesting album that came out from the hands of Peter Green & Company. This stuff is too conservative and predictible. It's even a way back comparing to "Black Sands". Too bad.
Everybody wants a new Black Sands record and I'm glad he is not trying to revive it. Migration is really special on its own. Very atmospheric, cinematic, transcendent... Sometimes melancholic, sometimes delirious. It's utterly serene above all. It kinda takes you to another dimension, universe, to whatever place that doesn't exist on Earth. And it feels so good, you truly wish to stay there.
No one can do recreate that atmosphere like Simon. MIGRATION! What an album! THANK YOU UNIVERSE FOR THIS GIFT! PLEASE IF I DIE TOMORROW, PLEASE PLEASE KEEP THE SIMON ALIVE, KEEP THE SIMON ALIVE! !! SIMON! S I M O N ! Forever on, not off, sim ON! not sim OFF!
Must say I'm pretty excited for the new album, the three singles are fantastic and are getting better after every listen. It's very atmospheric and different and that's why bonobo still captures my attention.