Label: Kranky Release date: 18/10/10 Link: Myspace Buy: Amazon It was Einstein who prophesised that when the honey bees started dying off, humanity would have at best four years left prior to befalling a similar fate. It is in the context of this prediction becoming manifest that the film to which this album is a soundtrack is concerned. Brian McBride is best known for his work with soundscape pioneers Stars of the Lid, who over their 15 year career have carved an impressive niche in slow-moving, lulled music. But whilst theirs is an organic process of growth, a patient evolution over extended pieces- McBride here more than ably fulfils the brief of a film soundtrack, and its aesthetics on small pieces, repeated motifs and evocation. The Effective Disconnect carries the essence of transience throughout its 44 minutes, an audible sadness permeates, though it is never dour. The breath-like chord progressions of Melodrames Telegraphies pt2 are majestic, but ultimately fleeting- the glided melody never quite landing fully. Before it has manifested fully, the pattern has shifted. If Stars of the Lid were to represent a more formless discourse, then with this record McBride has crafted a more focussed take on that same ambiguity. Often, as in the ephemeral Girl Nap, melody merely passes through, but the short structure of the pieces entail more precise visions. And whilst I haven’t seen the documentary this record soundtracks, it seems an appropriate paean to the staggering decline in bee populations, which may have a profound affect on all our lives. On a strictly musical level, this album comprises a rewarding listen. At moments, it is very touching and gentle, on others more foreboding- such as the middle section of Beekeepers vs Warfare Chemicals. Ultimately, it’s a fine addition to the McBride/Stars of the Lid canon, and represents a more dynamic shift in the composer’s register.  Photobucket