Gary War - New Rayontheport (4 stars)

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Gary War - New Rayontheport

(Shdwply Records)

Finally given a proper UK release, Gary War’s debut album is a lovely, if disorienting, trip through a fog of gauzy synths, sputtering drum machines and half submerged vocals. While Gary War can’t quite match former collaborator Ariel Pink’s cracked FM pop genius, he shares his love of 60s West Coast pop and the weirder byways of 80s MOR, as the cover of Alan Parson Project’s ‘Eye In The Sky’ attests. This is lo-fi as psychedelia: the degraded tape hiss joins the reverb and delay in quietly deranging the senses, while melancholy pop gems gradually emerge from the neon tinged murk.

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