Sil­ver streak

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HUNTER-GATH­ERER I Dreamed I Was a Foot­step in the Trail of a Mur­derer

Self release

It has been an in­ter­est­ing decade for Ir­ish elec­tronic mu­sic. On the one hand, a ton of artist re­leases have seen pro­duc­ers fi­nally move be­yond re­ly­ing on con­tri­bu­tions to com­pi­la­tions to get their mu­sic out to the world be­yond their bed­rooms. But qual­ity con­trol con­tin­ues to be an is­sue. Oo­dles of undi­luted home­town praise is un­able to fix patchy, un­even out­put that doesn’t quite mea­sure up on the in­ter­na­tional stage.

No one is ex­pect­ing ev­ery release to set a trend, but the lack of in­no­va­tion and ex­cel­lence con­tin­ues to dis­ap­point. Then, just as we’re about to say farewell to the year and wrap up the decade, Hunter-Gath­erer saun­ters along to up­set that care­fully ar­ranged snap­shot. A teacher by day and elec­tronic mu­sic-maker by night, Hunter-Gath­erer has cre­ated a de­but al­bum of many won­ders. By turns haunt­ing, be­guil­ing, melan­cholic, soul­ful, icy and pe­cu­liarly up­lift­ing, I Dreamed I

Was a Foot­step… is a record that does many sim­ple things re­ally, re­ally well. Case in point: Left for

Dead. It starts with a lovely, slo-mo wash of sub­tle bleepy sounds and then, one minute and 38 sec­onds in, Hunter-Gath­erer slips an alien, eerie, frag­ile chime into the pro­ceed­ings which car­ries the track away to an­other world.

It’s a trick that Bernard Her­rmann and David Shire used to em­ploy. H-G may be bor­row­ing ideas from past mas­ters, but what mas­ters to em­u­late. Yet H-G’s broody, moody con­struc­tions go be­yond just em­pha­sis­ing mov­ing pic­tures on a sil­ver screen. The sin­is­ter shapes and para­noid glitches on the ti­tle track or

Clouds are the work of a sci­en­tist who has dis­cov­ered a third place be­tween home and the dance­floor and is wait­ing for every­one else to find the way in.

You can, of course, com­pare what H-G is do­ing to many other lap­top-dancers, but on this ev­i­dence, he’s work­ing to­wards a far stranger, more al­lur­ing des­ti­na­tion.

Please feel free to join him in his quest. www.mys­ gath­er­erfor­ever JIM CAR­ROLL

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