Boomkat Product Review:
First new ISAN album in six years! I Antony Ryan and Robin Saville’s ISAN (Integrated Services Analogue Network) mark their 20th anniversary with Glass Bird Movement; an 8th studio album of impossibly fragile electronica that still bubbles with the same user-friendliness as their early transmissions.
A soothing analog bubblebath for tired bodies and high minds, Glass Bird Movement picks up right where they left off with Glow In The Dark Safari Set (2010), exploring wistfully nostalgic electronics with a blend of needle-point melodic craft and overarching harmonic glow that tends to subliminally seduce all within earshot.
With Robin Savile in England, and Antony Ryan now residing in Denmark, the record was pieced together over virtual workspaces, yet you’d hardly tell as the vibe is intimate to the letter. It’s the product of a free associative process in which they sublimate imaginative complexity at the service of a deceptively fluid simplicity, using fragments filtered and looped from a variety of analog sources to create a sort of immersively impressionistic, pastoral pointillism.
As the field they emerged from begins to recede into the mists of nostalgia, just bubbling below the surface, it’s fair to say that ISAN’s loveliness has withstood the test of time; still claiming the frothiest ground between the buoyant instrumental cloud rap effervescence of Lace Murex and Leonardo’s Formula, and the Cluster-esque midair luft of Napier Deltic and Risefallsleep on the main dish, or the waltzing dessert of Linnæus and a haul of locked grooves on the bonus 7”.