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The Gallows / Royal College O' Surgeons by Gareth S. Brown
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9/10 Phil 28 August 2008
Going to see Gareth S. Brown "in concert" these days is like falling into the realms of a secret Alice in Wonderland treasure chest of swooping emotive joy or something. He never fails to put on a stunning performance of spellbinding proportions lulling you into a clockwork land of hypnosis, dazzling repetition & childlike wonderment. Recently, every time I've watched him I've wondered "I wonder how his new album's coming on?" and now I need not stress (for a few months) as he's only bloody gone & proffered a two in one mighty fanfare of godlike impressiveness! If my words sound a bit on the over flattering side you probably ain't heard this double header of modern classical beauty, a leap of oceans on from his charming & delightful debut 'Iron Henry'. The sweet, playful music box wonk of that set still remains in the shadows, occasionally used to sprinkle his finely honed Philip Glass-isms, his bittersweet symphonies from a magic dreamland, but this sound is bigger, more epic in scale & he's sounding as if he really shares the same plateau with his mentors. I can guarantee that if you listen to this album on the headphones, your nerves will tingle, your brain will dance & your heartstrings will be plucked to ecstasy as this music is all enveloping, consuming, alive & delicious like some kind of dawnkissed aural woodland at 6am (but there's a bad squirrel over yonder, in that tree - look and see!) I'm never one to intellectualise music, it's either good or bad, but Gareth is a real maestro in my heart who pours his love of dizzying minimalism & cyclic repetition into (mostly!) soothing journeys for the soul. Essential for fans of Glass, Aphex, Tezzer Riley, Stevie Reich and Yann Tiersen, 'The Gallows'/'Royal College O' Surgeons' is in a recycled card handmade package from the nice folks at Misplaced Music.... exactly what this is actually, make sure it gets "placed" in your cart hahaha! x Brian

10/10 chris clee 13th August 2008

Just got my edition direct from Misplaced (ta for the link chaps at Norman). Excellent job all around, it has to be good if my 14 year old decided he liked it within minutes of the first track of 'The Gallows'
drifting upstairs.  I've now ordered up as much of the misplaced back catalogue as i can :-) Great stuff....buy it quick or miss out.

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