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Description: 'Projector Gunship Held 3' is perhaps the most exciting release given it is the final chapter in the landmark series and it is fitting perhaps that it trademarks the Cut Iowa Network sound more than any other release. The music is consistently their heaviest throughout the record. As always Steve d'Enton's drumming is monstrous mixing in heavier cyclical rock loops with more experimental off beat time signatures, guitarist Tim Evans appears to be on some last great charge to book end the series creating a maelstrom of space blues rock that coils round the heavy beats while Adam Barringer’s bass hooks take on a new form, moving in out and out of the mix as the record progresses through its stages. It's difficult to pick a favourite, 'NASA Itself As The Earth Inset' creates a humming jazz inflected otherworldly groove that vibrates with an inbuilt urgency, and both 'Hover Saturn' and the final Arclight Operation 'Swath Grazing' are heavy, saturated with distortion and feedback that has begun to signpost the trio's sound. But perhaps no track defines that blueprint better than Cut Iowa Network Part 1 and 2. Fittingly titled 'Lay Blues To The Desert As The Gravity Takes Hold' and 'Gunships Lost In The Psychotropic Eye' this is undoubtedly the twin swan song, the tracks are at once epic, sprawling, heavy, blues led space rock warped by psychedelic bursts from all three band members. Combined this creates some of the most fantastic alternative experimental music we've heard for some time. Simply awesome.
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Even if he says otherwise, Ian Hawgood is super prolific and incredibly talented in not only his own releases, but in collaborations and with the heart & soul put into the labels he's run over the years.
Saying all that, this is a more recent favorite release of Ian's: peaceful, deceivingly simple (yet not!) piano works that is personal, elegant and graceful in its warmth and presentation. Plus it's for a wonderful cause. Get it!! Joe Borreson