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2 reviews » Where do I start with this New Year gift from the gods? Having known Gareth S. Brown for years as a mesmerisingly confrontational DJ, occasional member of Leeds legends Hood & all round lovely guy, us lot at the towers have felt most priveliged to be exposed to his debut album proper, "Iron Henry" for the last few months. Misplaced Music supplied us with a CDr from the man formerly recording ... »

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Iron Henry by Gareth S. Brown
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39 people love this record. Be the 40th!
9/10 Brian Staff review, 08 January 2007
Where do I start with this New Year gift from the gods? Having known Gareth S. Brown for years as a mesmerisingly confrontational DJ, occasional member of Leeds legends Hood & all round lovely guy, us lot at the towers have felt most priveliged to be exposed to his debut album proper, "Iron Henry" for the last few months. Misplaced Music supplied us with a CDr from the man formerly recording as The Unpleasants & we've been proper caning it. The last time this happened was with the Manyfingers album & by the time that came out we'd swooned, sighed, gasped & grinned at it's snaking marvelosity to the stage where gushing praise was already etched in our minds like the ten commandments in stone.
This utter delight of a recording is a joy to behold. I've never read such a concise, accurate press release for an album. The mood is euphoric melancholy. Untouchable neo classical beauty that expresses itself in many forms. Playful, layered, twinkling lullabies fall into somber electronics, Philip Glass/Terry Riley inpired minimal repetition that builds...& bulds...& builds till you are taken on a journey to astral plains. Then you are suddenly dumped inside the soundtrack to Amelie whilst still dusting the magic Iron Henry fairy dust from your shoulders in bemusement. Add lashings of cheeky eastern European folk, circus waltzes, Aphex Twin's attitude to the outer realms of experimental techno (Think the D-Scape mix of "on") & god knows what else! Think along the lines of Yann Tiersen & Max Richter and you'll be somewhere near!
A huge Autechre fan, Gareth has been building up an enviable, unclassifiable sound that's all his own yet guided by his obvious love for deep electronic imbued music stirred with soul & timelessness. I once read a review of Queens of the Stone Age's 'Songs for the Deaf" that stated "You could live inside this album for a month". This is completely poles apart but you can apply the same respect & logic. Please buy this incredibly moving CD. It'll make your 2007 go with a bang! Check out a few of the songs here on his myspace page here.....www.myspace.com/garethsbrown


10/10 Renars Customer review,

i'd drop also Rachel's, A Hawk and Hacksaw, Mice Parade, Goran Bregovic and Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake that spring to mind when listening to this (apart from all the mentioned). A peace of beauty it is. top marks and kudos to Misplaced. get this while you can..




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