John T. Gast falling into our ears with another enigmatic record. Excerpts is about the winter in Southwest England, about dreaming of clouds when the sky has been gray for three weeks straight and you want to think about the sun, about struggling with inner demons you can’t quite exactly see.
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Planet Mu seems to have morphed into a very far-reaching stable these days. It were all the IDM and breakcore when I were a lad, then all the dubstep and funky came and went followed by scene-setting footwork/juke excursions and some ill-advised divebombs into rather dull dream-pop and a couple of crap albums by people who should know better stepping out of their comfort zone into muddy puddles of indulgent whateverness that no fucker bought.
JTG is only known to me as the man who made that weird abstract 12" last year with Inga Copeland. Tried DJing it out once. Too strange for the ears in the room but I liked it. This is more like it though. 'Excerpts' takes you on a creepy journey through misty fields of slow bubbling motorik acid, some tasty murky ketamine house, post-Hype Williams woozy grooves and eerie meandering vignettes such as 'Green'.
It's an odd but defiantly compulsive record; one of those 2am smokers obscurities infused with some really odd yet thoughtful rhythms, kinda futuristic but also charmingly clunky and antiquated in some of its components. Gast seemingly follows absolutely no trends or rules, just his heart and mind. I'd say it sounds like little else doing the rounds right now with its blend of wistful melodic nous and a smattering of faintly incongruous beats. Sorta dreamy outsider electronica from a weird dimension.
If you have a WAV or MP3 of this, delete the pointless and annoying '£' (possibly a wry in-joke at our glorious capitalist society) and concentrate on all them thar wonderfully strange noises and the wafts of grainy melancholia he teases from his eccentric bank of machines. Really intriguing and occasionally evocative stuff from this mysterious UK dwelling chap (allegedly this album is inspired by Winter in the South West) and is a fine introduction to his particular vision of perplexing, yet rewarding DIY electronica.
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