Xander Harris, “Cry Havoc”

Louis Pattison

By Louis Pattison

International Editor
on 10.08.14 in Listen to This

Xander Harris knows there is power to be found in the slow burn. Much like his friends and label bosses Mogwai, this Texan synth adventurer builds atmospheres gradually, working under the wisdom that gentle gradations are a route to intense pay-offs. With its flickering percussion and foreboding synthesizer washes, “Cry Havoc” takes its cues from the John Carpenter school of cinematic soundtracking. Once the scene is set, though, Harris finds space for some deep melodic work that feels beautiful and strangely touching — the equivalent of a romantic sub-plot woven amidst the throbbing neon and glinting chrome.