As Split Second Feeling, Alan Greenaway released a three-track cassette in 2002. An album followed in 2007 but nothing has been heard from him until now. Clearly not one to outstay his welcome, ‘Austere’ clocks in at seventeen minutes but it’s time very well spent as this is top quality electronica.
‘Memories Of Adan’ captures that moment of being half asleep; the music seems out of focus but in reality it’s an attractive blend of piano keys and hazy drones. ‘The Strategy’ is much sharper in execution. Here, the beats are precise and clinical and we hear the Greenaway vocal for the first time.
‘Gradual Decay’ grabs the listener immediately with a skeletal guitar line, a compelling drone and sci-fi atmospherics which call to mind Avrocar. The Birmingham outfit would also approve of ‘No Consolation’; a track which sees layers of guitar effects merge in and out of each other; varying in volume and speed with a haunting melody at the core. To close, ‘Seven Hills’ is the quietest and least complex offering but the air of tension is undeniable.
‘Austere’ can be – like the title suggests – rather cold and serious but it’s also deeply involving. Greenaway may be an infrequent musician but it’s hard to fault his output based on the latest evidence.