James Ferraro and The Bodyguard, The Berkeley Suite, Glasgow, Sun 17 Jun (4 stars)

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James Ferraro and The Bodyguard, The Berkeley Suite, Glasgow, Sun 17 Jun

Simple Minds as proto techno pioneers? Probably not, but there’s more than a patina of future pomp stadiumistas early instrumental 'Theme for Great Cities' in the opening few minutes of American electronicist and sometime half of the Skaters James Ferraro’s show. With Ferraro hunched over an old Korg synth, the martial rhythms that pulse his first of two extended pieces on this Braw/Cry Parrot/Shaddaz co-promoted show are a long way from the sublime jauntification of last year’s Far Side Virtual album. This is a denser, harder sound, awash with glacial keyboard squiggles and Morriconeish chorales conjuring up a wave of analog nostalgia only for it to be pummelled into submission without
mercy.

Accompanied by The Bodyguard, who appears to be a dreadlocked technician enabling further sonic adventures, Ferraro goes quiet after thirty minutes, almost losing his audience to incessant chit-chat during the longeurs, before bouncing back with an abstract dub affair more akin to to his recent 'Inhale C-4 $$$$$$$$' mixtape delivered in his Bebetune$ guise. The grandiose clatter it morphs into stretches every which way in a bouncing display of old school classicism.

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Berkeley Suite

237 North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DL

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