Daniel Avery – Drone Logic
Label: PhantasyScore: 8.5/10
Unless you’ve been rendered a quivering mass of non-sentient flesh by the seasons emotionally heavy handed Christmas advertising events, you’ll most likely know that Daniel Avery’s ‘Drone Logic’ has already been regarded a critical success. If, however, you are rather late to the party, take this sequence of trivial words as a chance to jump on board, free from the often dazzling spectacle of oncoming release hype.
First impressions actually leave you wondering what all the fuss is; the acidic breaks of ‘Water Jump’ kicks off in relatively straightforward fashion, a little hypnotism added by the breathy Opus 3-esque female vocals. After a while you suddenly snap into focus, realising you have completely ceased functioning for the past few minutes, this phenomenon caused by the subtle switch into four to the floor kicks and inched up drama. Now you get it.
This, in a nutshell, is the secret to Drone Logic. Avery plucks out sounds that wouldn’t have been out of place in the era of Orbital’s Green and Brown albums, raw and pure, then arranges them so they sit right on the surface of your eardrum, like some sort of analogue serenade that caresses and cradles you. Tracks that can initially lure you into a false sense of security through simplicity, before blossoming into firework showers of emotion or gritted teeth exercises in determination.
Not content to simply toy with your heartstrings with pastel nostalgia, there is an undeniably earthen groove at work here. The laser zap delay in ‘Naive Response’ recalls the same percussive devastation used in Paul Woolford’s Erotic Discourse, while moments like ‘Need Electric’ carry the same cocksure punky attitude not heard since FC Kahuna were gracing our headphones.
Pitched to perfection to close the album, ‘New Energy’ (Live Through It) teases and then releases euphoria, before ‘Knowing We’ll Be Here’ offers that chance for reflection, the Belfast moment if you will. By the finish you feel that the end to end journey has been crafted with true love and attention, with each listen sounding like the experience has been handcrafted for you alone, a bespoke piece of electronic beauty that fondly grows with time.
So Drone Logic does live up to its billing, no doubt pleasing those who like to partake in the futile pastime of purchase validation, but as for the slow to stir amongst us, Avery’s work will remain timeless, ready and waiting with open arms for when you finally succumb to its embrace.