Boomkat Product Review:
Formed in 1997, The Wisdom Of Harry is the brainchild of Creation Records musical pioneer, Pete Astor. ‘Torch Division’ is the band’s third album for Matador and was recorded at Astor’s north London-based Bigfoot studio. Featuring twelve new songs, it marks a major development from its 2001 predecessor, the critically lauded ‘House Of Binary.’ The band’s trademark electronic flourishes still flutter in the margins here, but it’s Astor’s dark, wry but always-melodic songwriting that takes centre stage. ·‘Torch Division’ finds Astor’s distinctive vocals, agile guitar, keyboards and subtle programming supported by musical cohort David Sheppard who contributes bass, drums and guitar. The album starts with a dramatic, Krautrock-tinged re-working of English folksinger Anne Briggs' Tangled Man, then continues on through eleven more look-you-in-the-eye songs of luminous, cinematic guitar pop. Fans of Pete Astor’s 80s work with The Loft and The Weather Prophets will find much to love here - but so will those for whom The Wisdom Of Harry’s genre mangling illuminated the lo-fi underground.