Boomkat Product Review:
An original member of Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti alongside John Maus, Gary War is surely one of the most beguiling artists to emerge from the mists of hypnagogic pop. His debut album 'New Raytheonport' (2009) is now given a timely reissue, remastered to his specifications and re-housed in perforated acid tab jacket for its first release outside America. If, like us, you've warmed to his charms via output on Sacred Bones, Captured Tracks and Spectrum Spools, it may come as real shock that this is easily his most accessible record to date, a wonderfully woozy and mellow collection heavily influenced by '60s psych and prog mixed with the vibes of Ariel Pink or R. Stevie Moore's lushest. The phased vocals and eccentricities of his later work are found in their most nascent form, but contrast sharply with the urgency of say 'Galactic Citizens' or the out-dancefloor flair of 'Jared's Lot', instead pointing to the subversive pastoral bliss of Syd Barrett or the Alan Parsons Project's intricate craft, whose 'Eye In The Sky' is covered as a shoegazy, '80s spirit transfusion. Basically it's a total must have for fans of Ariel Pink, R. Stevie Moore, John Maus etc.