Following a whole lot of late-nights, epic file transfers and serious Skype jams, Scots-American shape-shifters Iglomat are back with their fourth full length work, the poignantly titled The Man Made Man. Like a transatlantic Ghidora, the many heads of Iglomat operate across timezones and area codes to concoct a heady brew of post-rock inflected electronics.
This trade of sound, image and ideas has been pretty fruitful, too, with three acclaimed albums and a number of high-profile commissions, including the soundtrack to Walid Shaib’s film The Kelpies and appearances in David Mackenzie’s Perfect Sense.
Lead single Nylon Hook sets the tone for a looser, organic sound that relies less on found samples and more on live sounds (these boys and girls are no slouches when it comes to playing actual instruments). The lilting acoustic guitar intro merges into a spooky moog pattern, before an explosion of skittering trap drums, wailing guitar (or is it synth?) and some dusty French vocal samples, all making for a gloriously beautiful mess of music.
Rejecting the rockist stereotype of a shouty front person, the collective prefers to let their music and the imagery this inspires do the talking. Having previously worked with renowned illustrator Nigel Peake, for this release Iglomat have collaborated with designer and illustrator Jean Julien (whose iconic Eiffel Tower peace symbol became a global sign of hope following the Paris attacks in 2015) to create the cover artwork.