The brain behind Gyratory System is older than those behind the other records on this page – old enough to have worked as an established producer and in Downing Street before this project. Perhaps not coincidentally, this second LP harks back to a number of aging aesthetics; some of them pretty ancient. The clicks and clacks of vintage synthesizers call to mind a Rube Goldberg cartoon; the dehumanized trumpet cells, picked from the pockets of Terry Riley and Steve Reich, join a heap of other sounds deployed kaleidoscopically like the Jazz that lost its mind in the 60s; a lot of the record reminds me of ‘Oxygen pt. 5’ by Jean Michel Jarre, released 1976. Despite this, ‘New Harmony’ sounds like nothing much else you’ll hear this year and is undeniably up-to-the-nanosecond, from its sugartronic opening, through the marching mechanical bad-trip elves of ‘Pamplona’, to its epic, industrial close.

By Edgar Smith

Originally published in issue 26 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. March 2011

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