This has been a difficult one for me to find words for. The music is composed by two members of the Brussels-based collective, Buffle. I group that had a feature on Foxy Digitalis a while back, and generally sounded like a bunch of guys I'd like to hear music from. Their work here is a collaboration with the New York artist Peter Downsbrough. What Downsbrough has done is rearrange the provided music (moments of keyboard meanderings, delayed guitar washes, and field recordings of busy streets) with interspersed sections of spoken word and abrupt silences.
The effect of "And That" is quite jarring, as the musical portions start to feel very soothing and spacious only to be cut off after a minute or two by silence or by these one word monologues. It goes something like this- pretty guitar lines, pretty guitar lines.... silence..... "and".... silence.... "that".... silence....... silence..... more pretty guitar lines (repeat). The process is supposed to mimic the minimal aesthetic of Downsbrough's art- and I can really see that after looking through some selections of his work which features stark black and white compositions filled with cut off sections of text. The problem I have is that this really feels like more of a soundtrack to an art installation and not really an album for home listening. I feel it would be much more successful in a gallery or museum setting accompanied by the visual art of Downsbrough. On it's own though, it just feels like a frustrating listening experience. 6/10 -- Charles Franklin (14 April, 2010)