Lockdown in Tinseltown – Jude Gwynaire (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I have only recently written about one of Jude’s tracks and I’m not sure if I am completely over the encounter, and I mean that in a good way, I think. But then it is in the strangeness around the edge of any art form where the most fun is to be had and Jude Gwynaire certainly makes fun music, though perhaps not for the faint of heart.

Lockdown in Tinseltown is a slightly less chaotic track than the wonderfully wacky Made in Wuhan, mixing Talking Heads later era rhythmic grooviness with an array of synthy sonics and electronic soundscaping. It is repetitious in a hypnotic sort of way and more melodic than the previous track might have suggested. But that’s the thing about pioneers, you can never predict where they are going, how they are going to get there and what they are going to do once they arrive.

They say that it is better to travel well than it is to arrive. Lockdown in Tinseltown is the sound of someone travelling well, though Jude Gwynaire does seem to be using a different map to everyone else. Okay, that’s enough metaphor for one day.

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