The cult singer, best known for his early garage rock material, has taken to an iPad to record his latest album and the result is a brooding synth pop success.
In a significant departure, only one guitar line features on the entire album - an epic Eighties-style solo on the pulsing cover of his own Walk Among The Cobras, which opens the record in promising fashion.
Elsewhere the tablet-produced sound recalls Chromatics and Iggy Pop’s electronic material such as Nightclubbing.
When it clicks, like on the hooky single First Bloods, it really works and at just 33 minutes the listener is left wanting more.
Kudos to Sartain for such a dramatic shift in style and recording process.