A rustle, a burst of feedback, a couple of clicks, and Seamus Rawles Malliagh aka Iglooghost's second album begins. Lei Line Eon has much of the same percussive energy as 2017's Neo Wax Bloom while incorporating more live instrumentation such as piano and violin to the mix, and the results are sonically dynamic and emotionally gripping. The immediate comparison one draws is to SOPHIE as the beats of Pure Grey Circle squelch, squeak and clang, but the addition of choral harmonies, cut-up lyrics and what sound like bagpipes (?!) add a whole new dimension to the sound.
Neo Wax Bloom was an album that saw Dorset producer Seamus Rawles Maliagh grow from an underground electronic curio to one of the most enigmatic producers around, thanks to the albums cutting-edge pop and jazzy sonic sculpture blend. His second under his moniker a IGLOOGHOST , Lei Line Eon fits snugly into the same universe, but where Neo packed every inch of its fibre with deconstructed breakbeats and multicoloured synths, Lei Line Eon is a darker, more restrained sequel; leaving stark gaps where every sound can reverberate and conjure bizarre churns in the listener's stomach. If Neo was hyperpop's answer to Squarepusher , Lei is our Autechre .
One thing that is always impressive about Iglooghost is his ideas. His music if literally dripping in them. Some work, some don't, but you can't say the music is boring. Listening to his new album 'Lei Line Eon' it's hard to believe it was made by the same artist who released the 'Twenteen' mixtape in 2014 or 'Chinese Nu Yr' on Activia Benz in 2015.