Calling your album ‘Utility Music’ suggests loftier ambitions than just the aesthetic: this is music that should serve a specific purpose, it implies; it sets out to accomplish something. How disappointing, then, that Gyratory System’s third LP is so circular, self-consuming and simplistic as to be utterly redundant – and not very likeable either. Taking its cue from 1960s synth experimentalism (if you’re being charitable) and happy hardcore (if you’re not), ‘Utility Music’ is a dumber, more self-satisfied Dan Deacon, lacking his excitement or human warmth and in love with its own loops. Central tracks ‘Lackland’ and ‘Thorney Island’, with their textured drones and playful woodwind, hint at what Gyratory System could do with broader horizons, and ‘Mr Portsmouth’’s swooshing interlude of bass throb is quite mesmerising, but the vast majority of ‘Utility Music’ is single-tempo crud, tedious and, perhaps most damningly, useless.


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