Gerry Read's creative flurry continues apace with this, his third EP for Fourth Wave in almost as many months. You get the impression listening to it that he's a petulant kid; restless, full ideas and short on time to get them down. In fact, "We Are" feels unmistakably slung and cobbled together as if the aim is to surmise a legendary 12-hour house party in just 5 minutes 39 seconds.
Initially the thing is shapeless, with tin pot percussion, wooden knocks and slinky hi-hats all scattered about randomly. It's at once awkward and alluring, and only once some warm sweeping synths come in does the whole thing coalesce into a rhythm proper. Indecipherable vocal snatches add to the bristling, unsettled atmosphere. "Narry" is more straight up, mining what's best described as a shoddy house vibe for seven minutes of dusty, Detroit-basement bliss. Reed's tousled arrangements and knackered sounds come across as thoroughly tossed off. Intentional or not, the results are great.
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