Debut full-length from Ed Gillett’s Shape Worship project. London is the subject of City Remembrancer, which represents the capital’s ever-changing inhabitants just as they most like to represented: through a semi-abstract swirl of synths and techno beats. Limited edition of 300 copies on Front & Follow.
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8/10 Laurie Staff review, 14 October 2015
Here we have an album about London from an artist from London. London. LONDON. If you’re not there, you’re not anywhere, a sentiment that Shape Worship aka Ed Gillett is all too familiar with, the sound of this full-length being a real hubbub.
There are sounds galore, an imprecise blend of breathy, calming, stuttering and percussive hues from synths, chopped recordings and drum machines. Sounds like electronic music right? No. This is immensely detailed, the tracks given their frantic moments as well as ample breathing space, underpinned by a shying away from crappy cliche-emotional chord sequences, instead using a more drifting movement, a sort of non-committal harmony. Call it abstract if you want, maybe even electroacoustic music - dramatically-sequenced sound mangles hurl around the earspace in assembled clouds of melodic and noisy texture. Radio snippets get a real centre spot as if accidentally stumbled upon while twisting an AM receiver, and occasionally (as on ‘An Exemplar’) things get techno.
I think this is Gillett’s debut, and gets some serious applause from this camp as a result; this is brilliantly constructed stuff.
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