Monday, 30 March 2009

Review - Gareth Hardwick - Aversions

Gareth Hardwick - Aversions

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8 out of 10

It is said that when one door closes, another opens - often to places undreamed of. Gareth Hardwick could be forgiven for thinking such a cliché to be as useful as a smug reviewer at the time his computer decided to eat his new album, leaving naught but a slightly singed smell of contempt behind. Thankfully, he chose to open a most intriguing door, by sending his back catalogue to a variety of co-conspirators in the world of drones and ambient noise. This album is the result and it is a true phoenix, indeed.

Earnest fans of alpha-wave music may go into relaxed raptures over the Kranky roster and Stars of the Lid without realising we have our own here in Britain on Low Point. Although Telecaster-based, Hardwick seems to channel into the audible what some venerable chap centuries ago called 'the music of the spheres' - sounds at once timeless, ethereal and unique. If this is what happens when he has an accident, then heaven only knows what he's capable of when his hardware works. Musica universalis, indeed.


1. Aversions
2. Last Heights (Library Tapes Remix)
3. David (Apalusa Remix)
4. High Tension (Xela Remix)
5. Interlude
6. Carnations (Steinbrüchel Remix)
7. Last Heights (Strategy Remix)
8. Dissolve (Chris Herbert Remix)
9. Lost in the Memory (Machinefabriek Remix)

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