Published Feb 14, 2014For all the depth that Lucy's music has been lauded for, his work has always had an acute grasp of breadth. One only has to look at his label, Stroboscopic Artefacts, and the ambient explorations of the Stellate series to see this. Though Lucy is known best for his dark knotty techno, Churches Schools and Guns balances swinging dubby moments and 4/4 hypnosis with plenty of jittering noise. Surprisingly lengthy swathes of its 73 minutes are swallowed by this broken-beat ambience.
These deeply filmic textural explorations should be familiar to any committed follower of Lucy's music, at least in tone if not duration. Though these tracks drag at points, their span gift Churches Schools and Guns its greatest moments. The deftness with which Lucy interrupts these glacial expanses as he eases the hypnotic fragments of muffled club euphoria to full crescendo is breathtaking. Listening to the album is a commitment, but the restrained and richly textured pacing rewards listener patience. (Stroboscopic Artefacts)