In 2008, The Sight Below's Rafael Anton Irisarri had the extremely good idea of creating a dub techno album using shoegaze guitars. The result is Glider, an album of such ethereal and intense atmosphere that you could easily find yourself dissolving. Reissued for its 10th anniversary by the very apt Ghostly.
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You wouldn't believe it but I just had the idea of blending shoegaze and dub techno but it turns out the Sight Below AKA Rafael Anton Irisarri had the same idea ten years ago with their Glider album now re-issued on Ghostly. The opening track 'At First Touch' is perfect. A dreamy 4/4 thump with ethereal smoke like whispers above subtle, minimal dance music. This sets the template for the sound fields the Sight Below work in but over the course of the nine tracks they blend La Bradford style guitar plucks with this machine like pulse. At it's best the album blends the sounds of Slowdive's 'Pygmalion' with the textures of Wolfgang Voigt's GAS project. Or is it the other way round?
Whatever this is the perfect album for those who like ethereal post-rock guitars and underground techno. Personally, I could probably enjoy the techno drift without shards of effected guitars over the top but I know for many people this could be a kind of atmospheric holy grail. In some ways this reminds me of Bowery Electric's 'Beat' album - it has the same sense of space and the same coagulation of guitar atmospherics and dance music. It's a spectacular thing and ideal late night drift out music. Has to be one of the re-issues of this year.
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