Gavin Russom - Black Meterorite Star
Meditative, electronic dance music is what you get when you give this record a spin, make no mistake. Kraftwerk’s Spacelab or early Detroit techno could well be the template: a metronomic beat, steady, understated analogue styling and a feeling that each track is on a never-ending sensory loop. It’s ever so slightly tinny but in a good way, nothing is overblown or flabby and effects pulling on the emotions are kept in check. Rather it’s music that aims to win you over by its very persistence and cold focus.
World Eater is a great ten minute exercise in setting a restless rhythm against some atonal, metallic, discordant samples. It’s city music too, there’s a pulse here that is not entirely made of flesh bone and blood. Sometimes the concrete nature of the music can be overwhelming, especially listening to it outside of daylight hours… and I have to say that Anthem and Dawn can mash your head up if you’re not careful when you play them.
This could be one of those droney, emotionless dance records that murder all competition through their very monochrome determination. That said, I played it whilst travelling through the countryside recently and given the right weather conditions it has a meditative side that isn’t far off being pastoral. And it is ever so slightly naughty. Domination sounds just like the title and Anthem has a DIY headiness about it that could have seen it a hit back in the days when this reviewer jumped around cold warehouses on Lancashire moors.
Words: Richard Foster