An Album to Keep You in Motion
Northern Irish producer the Cyclist is setting out to create a whole new genre with his new LP Bones in Motion—a fifteen-track album recorded with Leaving and distributed by Stones Throw Records. The project began as the Cyclist just toying around in his bedroom, but has grown into a full record with tour dates to come. Bones is meant to be, according to the Cyclist’s Facebook page, a lighter take on electronic music in a new genre the man himself has dubbed “tape throb.” Taking influences from post-punk, techno, house music, 1950s sci-fi, and even industrial pipes, every listener should probably check to make sure belts are buckled and all seats are in an upright position before hitting “play” on this exploration of sound.
The album encompasses a lot in fifteen tracks. The opening songs are extremely futuristic and subdued—not the loud, bumping rhythms most electro-heads are used to. The title track, “Bones in Motion,” is a pleasant highlight with its easy builds that are the kind of repetitive sound that gets you into a relaxed place for thought. “Makeshift” comes from a very organic place as its main driving beat comes from beats on what sound like wood and plastic tubs. Another highlight from the album is the grimy lo-fi-techno hybrid “Reels.” Its jam vibe will have everyone at the party clutching their drinks a little tighter and dancing a little closer.
Bones in Motion is sure to be a delight to anyone who enjoys music. It achieves the light, warm techno sound the Cyclist was looking for while maintaining an interesting collection of sounds throughout the record. Whether you’re looking for a good, solid album for a get together of friends or an introspective night on your own, Bones in Motion is a must have album for any collection.