Porn Sword Tobacco Everything is Music to the Ear

Porn Sword Tobacco Everything is Music to the Ear
Henrik Jonsson admits that his third full-length for City Centre was a largely unplanned exercise of in-studio improvisation. The dog's breakfast of styles and sounds backs that up. Starting in 2005 with Explains Freedom, PST has tended towards electronic miniatures and brief sketches, although that album and follow-up New Olympic Heights flowed with slightly more cohesion, namely the production techniques. Vintage Budd and Eno influences are still evident, and several tracks (i.e., "I Love Riding My Bicycle," "Hästen Som Sprang När Och Vart Den Ville") could be straight lifts from late '70s synthesizer albums. However, elsewhere there are trip-hop beats, filter-swept guitars, faux exoticism and 4/4, minimal mid-tempo house bits. Individually the tracks work well, even if many are a touch undercooked, but they never mesh into a compelling whole. (City Centre Offices)