Reviewed by Nick Edwards (gutterbreakz)
So who is Kyler? Surprisingly, this purveyor of mellow, playful sampledelica and fine, pastoral electronica is none-other than Henry Collins, aka Gabba-Jungle lunatic Shitmat. "Pur Cosy Tales" is the first offering from this alter-ego, and jolly nice it is too. I actually received an early draft of this album well over a year ago (the track "Grand Coulee Dam" featured on GutterFM back in June) and, although the tracklist has altered quite a bit since
Pur Cosy Tales consists of thirty-two songs that stretch and tingle for a little more than an hour. Most pieces are short, snippets seemingly cut from a larger cloth. The press release indicates that Kyler is an alternative moniker for the delectably christened Shitmat. It’s quickly evident that Pur Cosy Tales is less abrasive and somewhat more contemplative than Shitmat’s standard fare. Which is not to say that this is happy-valley ambient,
Kyler is the newest alias of Brighton-based sonic anarchist and enfant terrible Henry Collins, aka Shitmat. Known for his subversive cartooning of sample-based music on albums like “Full English Breakfast”, his unpredictable live set has become famous worldwide.
Here he’s adopting a gentler persona, using samples and “found sounds” to create an atmospheric noise-collage which goes for mood rather than outrage. There’s no way you
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