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9/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 07 December 2012
I’ve really got my work cut out trying to describe this one! Cherrystones is the alias of a certain Gareth Goddard, and on this album here he’s mixing up a whole soup of disparate influences into a sparse but coherent album of bruised electro-dub, blown out techno beats, psychedelia and noise rock. It’s reminding me quite a lot of expat weirdo Pete Hope’s drug addled post-noise post-punk post-dance post-everything insanity, but I’m also getting flashes of everything from PiL to Mika Vainio to Liquid Liquid to Moritz Von Oswald Trio.
There’s a steady flow of hard pumping grooves over which Goddard is laying down synth buzzes and squelches, bass pulses and clever, playful touches which could even sometimes be described as “cheeky”. ‘Molecular Battler’ is even composed of walls of grinding, screeching, buzzing, decaying feedback scree, and yet surprisingly listenable, touch of Kevin Drumm maybe?
It’s brilliant and very hard to define stuff. We weren’t even going to review this (there’s not enough hours in the day to write about everything that comes through our doors) but within a few tracks of it hitting the stereo it became clear it was too good not to. Strongly recommended.
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