There’s a certain child-like innocence to naming your debut LP Blush — appropriately, London-based producer and Wisdom Teeth boss Facta made the album in the spirit of unfussy and refreshed creativity. Having honed his craft as a dance producer across years of material for esteemed labels including Livity Sound, Ancient Monarchy and Idle Hands, Facta’s music has gathered a wealth of other influences in that time, from modern classical and ambient to fourth world and folk music.
Although influences on Blush are closer to the realm of Laurie Spiegel or Photek than any singer-songwriter. The pin-point synthesis of ‘Sistine (Plucks)’ dances around like a gentle harp ballad, the sound of babbling brooks and birdsong masking the ebb and flow of pads somewhere among the fauna. The pastoralism carries through to ‘On Deck’ and ‘Brushes’, as Facta’s tried-and-true rhythmic sensibility gets up and running with some pseudo-house beats. After reaching the modest dance zenith with Parris on ‘Diving Birds’, Facta switches to a laid-back, almost hip-hop beat tape mode with the title track, signalling that Blush is a recorded accompaniment for long summer days spent simply vibing under a shady tree somewhere.
Love radiates from Blush — perhaps not for a single person necessarily, but certainly for life’s small joys.