(New Album Review) Cloud City Cars- Magic Guard

On his new album as Cloud City Cars, Magic Guard, Ryan Lawrance McGreer, co-founder and chief designer for my favorite Portland label, Lifelike Family, dissects hauntological synth vibes and techno to create something altogether much more jazzy, much more playful and irreverent than what fans of modern electronic music might be used to. Woozy melodic lines on and vaguely off-kilter down-tempo drum machines have a chilly, retro-futurist beauty to them while still reminding us that this whole music thing is supposed to be fun and that experimental music is supposed to be experimental to boot. A tilt-shifted panorama of a science fiction highway in the sky. Reminds me of Delia Derbyshire in parts. Hey! You need to check it out! Like, pronto! You’ll thank me, I promise.

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