Album Review: After Parties/After Parties 2

Jimmy Tamborello, an electronic musician and the face behind Dntel, just released a pair of companion EPs called After Parties and After Parties 2.

Tamborello is well-known for being one half of The Postal Service, along with Ben Gibbard from Death Cab for Cutie. He also goes by the name James Figurine, and hosts the Dulab show Dying Songs.

After Partiesand its companion EP are purely instrumental. Dntel’s previous album, Dumb Luck, featured guest appearances from various other artists, including Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis and Grizzly Bear’s Edward Droste — but his new set of EPs is strictly a one-man show.

The songs, despite having no lyrics, have definite moods. Most tracks boast muted and distorted tones as well as clear sounds. Dntel mixes calming noises to combine a sleepy energy with electronic beats.

The album, while being very different from its predecessor, is captivating in its simplicity.