Pagan Wanderer Lu/ European Monsoon
Pagan Wanderer Lu is back with his 'scatty beat cycles' on ' European Monsoon' and Samuel Breen's not complaining
Pagan Wanderer Lu
In typical style, Andy Regan a.k.a. Pagan Wanderer Lu, a Boltonian displaced in Cardiff is ‘moving on’. Typical, because it’s the opening track and he’s never one to miss the opportunity at introducing himself. But, where next for someone who has been plying his indiepoptronica trade for over a decade now?
By the time the structured pop and dignified sentimentality of ‘Westminster Quarters’ comes on, Regan is singing; “girl come home soon, I sure miss you” to the melody of Big Ben – and I’m tempted to follow him, wherever it is he’s moving on to.
As his sonic excursions have progressed, Regan has seen the rise of Circuit Bending – a technique that mangles and rewires crude electronic devices in order to produce textured sound. With this technique in use, ‘A Girl Named Aeroplane’ could be a Modified Toy Orchestra demo. Its coarse aesthetic and vibrant drum patterns give it an almost cultish appeal – if said cult was formed in a shed near Wakefield, perhaps.
On ‘The Great British Public Become Self-Aware’ the influence of label mate Mat Riviere becomes apparent, in its dark, scatty beat cycles.
Unusually, the album’s centrepiece, ‘European Monsoon’ is one of the weaker tracks. With an opening verse which could have been lifted from a Johnny Mugwump excursion, the track breaks down into a guitar heavy then electronic battering. However with Lo-Fi bedroom music, sometimes it’s the ambition that causes the most aesthetic rot.