Boomkat Product Review:
Fantasy bounty of spongiform cosmic disco from Eddie Ruscha’s Secret Circuit, trailing a clutch of lovely albums for Good Morning Tapes and BIS Records and his jams with Arthur Russell spar Peter Zummo
A veteran of some 30 odd years in UK music, whose catalogue bridges its shoegaze, Balearic, nu-disco and new age ambient phases; Eddie Ruscha brings a steady hand of age to his bucolic animations as Secret Circuit. Psychedelically chromatic in colour and effortlessly sprung with lithe grooves, it coolly defines his sound as a melting pot of fine influences, weaving strains of psych rock, sun-baked Balearic disco, cosmic house, dub and krautrock with a certain effortlessness that comes with doing your thing for so long, and holding to your guns while doing so.
He may not be breaking any moulds here but he does play deep into them with a surefooted conviction in his measured swagger and the hypnotic traction of his lathered hardware, listed here for the fiends: Modular Synths, Lap Steel, Roland Jupiter 6, Roland JD-800, Roland SH101, Roland TR808, Elektron Machine Drum, Elektron Digitakt, Field Recordings, Soma Lyra 8, Various Guitars, Fender Bass, Yamaha M5, Yamaha CS 60, Moog DFAM, Moog Subharmonicon, Various Percussion, Yamaha PSR 19, Clarinet, Syntox Vocoder, Modor NF1 + Vox.
Delivered from his LA cloud base via Glasgow’s Invisible Inc., the album treads enchantingly from air-stepping psych dub in ‘Undenying’ to shimmers of Japanese city pop jazz in its title song, reeling along wormholes of NYC deep house in ‘Technautic’ to wavier sterns on ‘Illuminated Knights’, pastoral ambition dance whims in ‘Polygono’, and wickedly detuned sort of country folk meets disco in ‘Golden Fluoride’ sure to entice DJ Harvey heads as much as fans of The Orb.