Inventive modern techno.
Man On Mountain feels like a development of the ideas behind Rembo. "Faces On Ankles" is exactly the kind of techno Gwyer is so good at making—intricate and clever, while still being insistent and physical. She uses complex offbeat kick drum patterns to throw the listener off the meter at points, but doesn't overuse them, making for a weird and ear-catching dance floor track. "Cherries On Shoulders" is the highlight, a journey through a series of unexpected turns. It begins as gritty hardware techno, becomes something more relaxed and melodic as harmonic layers build, before eventually finding itself as a groovy house track. The two beatless pieces are well worth a spin, particularly "Ribbon On Neck"—it's not often you hear an ambient track with a groovy bassline as the standout feature. From release to release, you can hear a constant evolution in Gwyer's music, as she tests out new ideas and methods. Somehow it manages to remain unmistakably her own.