Boomkat Product Review:
'Hail Of Arrows' is an audacious new synth project from NYC's Gavin Russom - one of his best since 'The Days Of Mars' for DFA. Taking inspiration from the Falcons which resettled in his Uptown Manhattan locale, coupled with nods to J.G. Ballard and P.K. Dick, Russom spins out the imagined soundtrack to a four-part odyssey where the birds reclaim Upper Manhattan, creating a civilization in the leftover buildings and landscape. Perfect for the tape format, such a wide scope allows bags of time for him to explore every integer of his pulsing machines. We're talking obsessional levels of near-microtonal modulation here; Russom's patient process slow blooming hypnotic harmonic synth fluctuations lushly describing the flight of birds of prey hovering and swooping in a densely packed urban environment. It's Michael Mann-esque in its elevated, lustrous vision, tracing glittering, arpeggiated outlines of birdsh*t-peppered steel and glass under smog-hazed skies, viewing the city as a deep topography in sound scanned from vantage points atop the George Washington Bridge or above the hunting grounds of a wild Central Park.