SOMATIC RESPONSES: Concrete Glider CD Hymen Records
Gentle harmonies, wire like electronics and subtle beats open up the latest welcome instalment from this Welsh duo in the fitting form of ‘Science and Emotion’, laying the foundations for their new release as building blocks for what is to come.
The paranoid electronic beat work of ‘First Day Back’ is back to a typical SR format of what we expect and its like they never left; the frenetic pace of this number gets this kick started properly and purposely leads into ‘Fairy Light Massacre’, where the pace of the drums slows ever so slightly to let the insanity be taken over by the electronics alone.
There is a slant on this album to lean towards IDM influences more so than before, a prime example of which being the crackers ‘Mistaken Sponge’ (what?); either way as head wrecking as this is, it’s a fun romp through broken mashed up beats and off kilter sounds that play with your head.
‘Concrete Glider’ never teeters off the path with its formula as a whole. Visceral rhythmic work, harsh and subtle blips and electronics throughout keep you on the edge of your seat and never truly let up, sometimes flirting with break-core and drum n’ bass, sometimes emotional and ever so often pulling on resources from an Industrial slant with the engaging ‘Aaltomatic’ and the destructive almost digital hardcore-isms of the fantastic ‘Quick Releasr’ which is completely brutal.
From here on in the lunatics are running the asylum and the title track is an absolute head bender of the highest proportions, it’s furious and explosive and I can imagine this being an absolute belter live; and a much needed reprieve comes along in ambient form in the shape of ‘Replicant Loss’ just at the right time.
All in all this is a fun release that more often than not should be played at a ridiculously high volume just to clean out the cobwebs. Neither entirely easy listening, nor unlistenable, Somatic Responses have produced an excellent album that should also sound awesome on the live circuit too.