Tim Gane's Cavern Of Anti-Matter return with their third studio album continuing their journey into the bowels of kraut rock by way of modular synths and homemade drum machines. Hormone Lemonade still has the loose improvised feel that will be familiar to those in awe of their previous offerings.
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 22 March 2018
The truth of the matter is that it’s a Phil thing. Cavern of Anti-Matter is our boss’s band through and through, having wowed him with the double-whammy of Tim Gane and motorik rhythm. Me, I like ‘Hormone Lemonade’ fine, but given that I spent the ten minutes prior to sitting down with the record trying to work out why I can’t stop listening to a really bad new Decemberists song, I’m not sure you should trust me. Go with God; go with Gane.
The formula perfected, Gane continues to stretch his moody squelch across the rolling digital planes, offering another hour-long homage to axis-rotating synth patterns and imaginatively stitled percussion. The sixteen minute opener is a test of character, a trancing alarm with melodic ensuites that sound more Stereolab than any Anti-Matter release before them. A surfy wash glistens into the listeners ears; Gane’s band and their electronics may often glare, but sometimes they shine too.
It’s hard to care about how redux this sound comes across when Gane is able to make such body-shaking and ear-appealing perpetuations; his progressions always find a moment to invite, like he’s crafting bubblegum pop from a genre entrenched in stuffiness. Sprinkling nuggets of theme tune and pop song into long, rhythmic treatises that sound like they’re stuck in a narrow lane of a video game road, he creates some honest to god modular synth hooks. Who could ever take that away from him?
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