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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 09 November 2012
It’s a view held by myself that it’s easier to get away with producing music of an experimental bent than to actually construct something with a bit of a tune in it. I’m reminded of this when looking at the front of the latest issue of The Wire at Scott Walker, a man whose latest album sounds like the experimental track off the Mulligan and O’Hare album as performed by Reeves and Mortimer. Could Walker actually produce a ‘commercial’ work these days? I’d like to see him attempt something not aimed purely at the chin-stroking meat-slapping brigade.
Robert Lowe’s career has followed a similar path from the angular rock of 90 Day Men to the more out-there Lichens, to his work with Om and this, his latest project. He has certainly flitted about. The album consists of two lengthy tracks which start with ‘70s-style synth drones gradually increasing in intensity until interesting stuff starts to happen around the four minute mark. It sounds remarkably like ‘Trans Europe Express’ by Kraftwerk, revelling in buzzy synths, flitting electronics and a nice pace about it.
On the flip is a more percussive take on the same tune. I’m a little bored by now, not a lot is going on save the same drum pattern and undulating electronics, but an acidy squiggle is brought in half way through and some distant echoey voice. Based on the science fiction series The Tomorrow People, this is an eerie dubified take on the ‘70s electronics/kosmiche sound that is in vogue at the moment and will have an appeal amongst fans of that stuff (and I know there are plenty of you out there).
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