Glow In The Dark Safari Set
LP + 7"


LP version with bonus 7" and download coupon. Robin Saville and Antony Ryan, two English gentlemen who create music together under the nom de plume Isan, return with their sixth full-length album for their spiritual home of Morr Music. It's been a few years since Isan's previous outing, the delectable electronic esoterica of Plans Drawn In Pencil (MORR 068CD/LP), but the results, in time-honored Isan tradition, are certainly worth the wait. Opener, "Channel Ten," with its Autobahn-assured poise, appropriately prefigures a body of work that is Isan's finest to-date. Inspiration for this came from "emancipation" as Robin elaborates: "It was an attempt to jettison the weight of our back catalog and get back to the fun of making music. This entailed playing with ancient Casios, mangled tape loops and squidgy noises. Very hands-on. Most of the tracks on the album started life away from the laptop." This giddy sense of enjoyment suffuses the album -- from the glistening rush of "Merman Sound" which segues into the soft-focus sound-world of its own coda seamlessly to the cinematic, tech-y strut of "Grissette" or the calmly oscillating and cascading melodies of "Greencracked," which evoke images of a retro-futurist utopia. Isan have always excelled at fashioning a quietly awe-inspiring music and Glow... is no exception. Even the title suggests a sense of wide-eyed-wonder "We were playing with lots of ideas around fire, embers, bioluminescence and the title popped into my head one day. It seemed to sum up a lot of the things we like -- I like to imagine sitting in a darkened room looking at the gentle green glow of 1970s VU meters, then they all come to life and start crawling up the wall." says Antony. Such is the album's celestial, hot-wired circuit-board wizardry; Glow In The Dark Safari Set positively throbs, ebbs and flows with electronically refracted ideas and melodies -- a digital tone poem sitting somewhere betwixt the cozy experimentation of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and the exotic sonic emissions of a top-secret D├╝sseldorf studio circa 1975.