That is all the introduction you get and ‘Navigation’ kicks into gear with ‘Music for Hairproducts’. The atmospheric and engulfing take combining early eighties indie-pop with ‘ray of light’ era Madonna bombards you with “sha-la-las” and bassy grooves before making way for the Male vocal of ‘Kasparov’; Which bridges the gap between James Yuill and New Order, in both sound and quality stakes, with ease and is undoubtedly one of the high points this LP has to offer. The title track and ‘Vallorian’ both echo real C86 pop with the full electronic makeover and the 80s ante is upped even further with ‘Memory’ and ‘This City Life’, the former echoing a graceful approach to Depeche Mode. The albums only let down is the quaint, but slightly dull and unimpressive ‘Follow The Path’ and whether it is intentionally placed their as a respite or not is hard to decipher. It fits in well with the dreamy nature of the record in general but lacks the lasting impression that so many of the other tracks benefit from.
‘Navigation’ isn’t going to cross over and blow people out of the water, sell millions and be left on everybody’s shelf, but those who do grab a copy will more than likely feel pretty pleased with themselves and play it half to death.