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Bit of a change of pace for Spectrum Spools to pick up on the new Gary War album but on listening to the first few tracks it’s not all that difficult to connect the dots, especially with G.W. taking on a more synthetic sound than ever with this collection.
I’ve been sort of listening to Gary’s stuff for a while without really investing in it, mainly due to the haphazard nature of his proggy electronic style. I find some of that stuff disorientating to listen to over long periods but I guess the years of sculpting a sound from the ground up are finally paying of because ‘Jared’s Lot’ is a totally amazing record, combining the best of classic electronic influences with library music precision and a progressive rock and new wave influenced approach to the arrangements. Couple that with G.W.’s ‘lost in space’ vocal drifting about the place like a lone space warrior of synth-rock and you’ve got yourself a very infectious and inventive combination. The productions can still be a little scatty at times but when it works ‘Jared’s Lot’ is an unstoppable multi-layered beast of a record with cunning synth melodies suddenly approaching from all angles and mid-’70s industrial influenced Berlin-style beats keep those toes a-tappin’.
As the record settles it’s apparent that the live drums and acoustic bass are still a big part of the Gary War equation with tracks like ‘Superlifer’ having as much in common with Devo and Gary Numan as they do Yes or Sparks. On this occasion it makes for a glam rock stomper of cosmic proportions. Much like the majority of the tracks here it’s super infectious whilst simultaneously being pretty punk rock!
Clearly a man on top of his game.
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