Tim Gane (Stereolab) returns with Cavern of Anti-Matter and a new single. Described once as “a power trio without any discernible dynamics” but more seductively as “dystopian future music”, this marks their fourth release. There’s some super-sweet artwork from Ghost Box man Julian House, here. Out on Peter Strickland's Peripheral Conserve label.
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- Total Availability and the Private World by Cavern of Anti-Matter
Tim Gane continues to bounce off the walls with this colourful experimental work, which matches his Stereolab days toe-for-toe in terms of its uncompromising forward-motion tactics. On ‘Total Availability and the Private World’, he posits a new cosmic theory: that the universe is a very fast place indeed. Gane runs through it and never finds a dead end, upending sharp, brief synth motifs (played so urgently you can almost hear Gane pressing down on the notes) with never-ending beats that are interrupted only in short, temporary bursts; the quiet respite from the onslaught happens for a short break only, like a competitive sprinter taking a pit stop for water.
Things get squashed and silly on the flip side, where Gane falls back into the gruesome fairytale world of Stereolab, meshing together randomised notes on the keyboard until they sound like they’ve been picked out of a hat. The instrumental is loopy and ridiculous, but climaxes with the intensity of a post-rock song, the blaring noises coalescing at the peak of some fluorescent, kid-drawn mountain. It’s Gane being cheeky, krautish and funny -- and for that, he remains my favourite psychedelic astronaut.
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