The mysterious Garland lets the music do the talking on this debut release, out via Lullabies For Insomniacs. This curious, vaguely industrial noise suite recalls the dive into concrete that Rabit made on his 2017 LP Les Fleurs Du Mal. Occasionally the fog lifts and we get things like ‘SMO.DVE’, a electronica wasteland full of micro-grooves and reverb-drenched found sounds.
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It is time for you to be vaguely unsettled. The elusive Garland produces their first ‘Preludes’ suite with light industrial know-how, offering drums that sound somewhere between factory-cut and handsketched. It’s ambient music that grits its teeth, is this record, except that you’d much rather listen to it than that.
This kind of low-key production feels like welcome respite for years of noisy, plodding techno; like a vaccine full of its parts but offering its antidote, Garland’s record offers cold but soothing drums and feedback granules that glide by the ear. Theirs is a style of tinker and refine, much like the Boats and their approach to quiet, appeasing dance music.
Lullabies for Insomniacs, indeed: the label’s eleventh release, Garland makes music for when you know you won’t be getting your winks. These rhythmic, found sound tunes are both friend and foe.
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