Boomkat Product Review:
5 years after debuting on Hemlock, Guy Andrews beats out his debut album of dramatic power drums, raw synthesis and cavernous sound designs with Houndstooth. RIYL Roly Porter or Untold
“Ignoring previously used DJ-friendly structures, tempos, and mix downs, ‘Our Spaces’ breathes a new power and directness, as Guy has re-focused his approach and style. Breaking free from previous genre constraints, he was finally able to simply write and express what was in his head. This paradigm shift is immediately evident from the album’s opening bars, with its emphatic percussion and reeling distortions a perennial feature throughout the album. This sonic aggression, however, is paralleled with a sensitivity and zeal that really adds a level of depth that is often hard to communicate consistently in album format.
It took him over a year to find the right plug-ins, synths, and signal chains to be able to create the intense type of distortion he was searching for. By Experimenting with distortion in far more creative ways, he was able to produce sounds that were more tonal and had a sense of movement; he also wanted to play chords with distortion, where you could distinctly hear the musicality within the chaos. The end result is a full-length that encapsulates powerful percussive riffs and anthemic synth lines, delivered on a sonic backdrop of panoramic textures.”