Record Reviews

Instant Oblivian

On his second solo disc, Garry Bradbury (ex-Severed Heads) plots and dices twelve therapeutic electronic pieces which range from oddly humourous flirtations with synthetic textures and hard rhythmalism to open, extended ambient stretches that loom and hang in otherwordly stasis. Poppy highlight ‘Nymphs + Shepards’ pairs a sprightly, muted ostinato with gorgeously lagged high-end melodies decorating its minimal click-hop drum-track like pinpricks. That is, until a phat drum thump and anthemic counterpoint synth chorus demonstrate that Bradbury is a master sonic bricklayer who has the ins and outs of tension and release down pat. We have dialogue snatches from A Clockwork Orange, we have the exquisite, glacial delicacy of ‘Cheap Wagnerian Dynamics’ and we have the entirely vocal chop-fest that is ‘Gob’, featuring all the crisp and invasive delights of authentic Bradbury grunts, splutters and wet apple-chomps. If you want it, here it is – come and get it.