“We Are Power”, Galaxian’s first album in over a decade, cuts a new path. On this Foul-Up and Shipwrec joint release, Kastner presents a rumination on the confrontation and power clash between humankind, nature, the spiritual and mechanistic industrial growth societies. What is authentic power? What is granted power? What is innate natural power? How is power accessed, wielded, utilised, felt? On this album the blistering beats and razor-edged rhythms that characterise the Glaswegian’s productions have been softened, the menace melted, the angst soothed (well almost.) Across eleven tracks, distinct audio vistas are surveyed. The human form takes centre stage from the opening monologue of “Out of Balance” with the entire record searching for balance between humankind, nature, orthodox culture & the machine. At times the machine wins. “We Are Power” is a corruption of voice, samples chopped, sliced and fed into controllers and sequencers to produce a dense decibel wall. That wall grows ever higher in the terrifying drone of “Anatomy of a Modern Lie.” At other points, a perfect symmetry between artist and tool is found. The racing interchanges and pulses of “Universal Truths” give rise to dawning reprises and warmth. For those after an electro fix, Galaxian abides. The speed snares of “Messianic Delusions” or dripping drums of “Fields of Meaning” are soaked in the history of machine music, yet they are grander in their delivery and more nuanced in their composition. Fresh territories are explored, the playful solar dreams of “Without Form” or the cinematic grandeur of “In Reverse”. This album is unmistakable Galaxian, it marks a high-point and brings with it a culmination of intense expression.