ISAN are pioneering electronic duo Anthony Ryan and Robin Saville. Lamenting Machine is their ninth album and first for three years. The pair are innovators in the world of electronica and have, in the past, been likened to Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin and Ulrich Schauss, so with comparisons like that, you know what to do. (Hint: add to cart)
CD £12.49 MM169CD
CD on Morr Music.
Vinyl LP £17.49 morr 169-lp
LP on Morr Music.
Well, folks, I've got tonsillitis. I wrote it off as a sore throat but it has evolved into something far more grisly. As well as guzzling Lemsip (unpaid promotion, but wholly willing for it to be paid. Guys, send the cheque), I've been looking for sonic remedy. Jake Thackray really helped earlier, as did some episodes of 'In Our Time' (Melvyn, the cheque). As the day draws to a close, I was rooting around in the Norman Records Review Reliquary and had to make the tricky choice between 'Lamenting Machine' by electronica pioneers ISAN or the expanded collection of Foals' most recent record. A veritable Sophie's choice, I'm sure you'll agree...
Anyway. I found this record enjoyable but, and this might be the tonsillitis speaking, but I was craving something a little more organic, a little less spacey. Every sound is crafted perfectly which is nice n all, but I'm after some dirt, some grit, some damage. It's a beautifully constructed album, a little bit like if Mort Garson started working with Aphex Twin, but I just found it kinda soulless, though there are some affecting elements such as the quavery synth loop on 'Ichthyosaur' or that gorgeously warm, barely audible bass on 'Strix Aluco'.
'Lamenting Machine' is enjoyable, let's not make bones about this. However, I just feel like the human touch has been digitally scraped off.
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