Boomkat Product Review:
Breakthru debut album of meter-messing, cuboid electronic music for the club from a cult UK talent - RIYL Actress, Beneath, Novo Line, Lee Gamble, Rian Treanor.
Building on nearly a decade of work for Beneath’s Mistry and alongside Gramrcy, Gaunt’s first long player ’Blind at the Age of Four’ is an unusual album of asymmetric structures, weirdly expressive tones and spatial convolutions that speak to the far reaches of UK club music. It is specifically a tribute to his dad, David Adrian Warne (1959-2014), who suffered the same, rare, congenital eye condition - Thiel-Behnke Corneal Dystrophy - that left a young Gaunt prone in bed in darkness, and helped shaped his synaesthetic relationship to sound. The music follows with funky and brilliantly odd juxtapositions of rhythm and noise that uniquely press on the mind’s eye and conjure amorphous shapes in the smoke and strobes of an imaginary club.
Turning the extra-musical to weirdly wired purpose throughout the album, Gaunt imprints his sensibilities at every turn from the staggered orchestral warm-up ‘Jack?’ to the dense vocaloid chatter and swanging ‘80s FM funk of ‘Because I’. The Korg M1 riffs of ‘Favourite Memory’ evoking Kassem Mosse or Actress’ ‘Maze’, and sprayed freehand in ‘Composition 001’, with wicked echoes of clonking Sheffield bleep in ’Sweet’, and literally in the curdled brain matter of ‘Memories Talk’, but always with an uncanny valley of displacement. He strafes into skewed cyberdub on ’Syncopate’, and pulls out a deep club roller in ‘Un’, while pushing into Novo Line-like messing with of OG computer grids on ‘Rear View Spectate-or’, and picnoleptic strobes of Lee Gamble’s future-regression sessions on ‘Lesser You’, leaving us with the strangest motion sickness of time travel.