Boomkat Product Review:
It's been over half a decade since we last heard from Grails, and they return with 'Anches En Maat', a synth-forward cosmic prog blast that's inspired by '80s softcore, soap soundtracks and disco.
Grails, now made up of founder members Alex Hall and Om's Emil Amos, with Jesse Bates, Ilyas Ahmed, and Zombi's AE Paterra, have always made their love of movies pretty clear. Their last handful of records have drawn from vintage Westerns, exploitation movies and '80s video nasties, so it tracks that they should keep looking deeper in the moldy Blockbuster bins, which is where we find 'Anches En Maat'. This is the band's most boisterous, self-consciously corny set to date, bolted together from errant synth riffs, boxy exotica rhythms and disco strings.
It sounds like the kind of record you'd expect to find presented on 180g gatefold vinyl in 10 variants, reclaimed from a vault in deepest, darkest Italy. The band are clearly keen listeners, and make a racket that's alarmingly era specific. Slippery analog basslines rumble under dramatic guitar riffs and tense drums, and swooping orchestral sounds crash over emotional wails. For instrumental music, this doesn't half pack a gut punch. If you're into Finders Keepers, STROOM et al, give this one a closer look.