Boomkat Product Review:
Radio-on-the-fritz elektro / OSTechno machinations made under self-imposed exile and detox. Like Ekoplekz banging out a neo giallo record with Fabio Frizzi.
'Aged in Bronze' follows 2012's deliriously psychedelic "Red Nails", building on Cherrystones' years of cratedigging expertise and imagining a world of seething steam-powered alchemical terror. The DJ and producer takes a scoop of influence from the seemingly unending swamp of 1970s horror movie soundtracks and pairs that with the kind of busted hardware electronix you'd expect to hear from Container, Delroy Edwards or Mordant Music. The result is spooky, lurching jams that the press release calls "widescream" - good one.
Overdriven drum machines cycle over blipping Raymond Scott-esque synth sequences, disco basslines fizz and wobble next to Linn crashes, analog leads waver and wobble like they've been snipped out of a John Carpenter session. So far, so Italians Do It Better, but Cherrystones finds his groove here - he's been in self imposed isolation for a couple of years now after ditching London for Scotland. In his detox from the business of the big city, he's managed to channel a mood that sounds particularly in tune with the 2021 doom spiral.