Force + Form
Pay attention, this is serious. [a]Surgeon[/a] operates in a space where sound meets science and on this, Birmingham producer [B]Anthony Child[/B]'s third album in as many years, he proposes a consideMore on
He's been heading in this direction for some time, releasing singles either destined for the world's most frightening dancefloors or, as his radical reworking of [a]Mogwai[/a] last year attested, venturing into the brazenly avant-garde. 'Force + Form' finds Child ambitiously combining both over four ten-minute 'works' which never settle on a happy medium, though that effect is hardly unintentional.
And no matter which language or theory [a]Surgeon[/a] chooses to cloak his music in, there's no escaping the fact that this is essentially Grade A minimalist techno. It may [I]sound [/I]clever thanks to unusual time signatures and meticulous production but, say, the warped, galloping funk of 'Black Jackal Throwbacks' is eminently invigorating.
Even when [a]Surgeon[/a] does get abstract during the final phase of 'Returning To The Purity Of Content' (ie, telephone call, hotel TV, grating noise) it helps to balance the overall [I]feel [/I]of the album rather than knock us dramatically off course. Perhaps that's an accident, but 'Force + Form' is all the better for it.
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