In A World of Colin Wilson, Welsh musician and biographer Anthony Reynolds has created an audio portrait of an 81 year old writer and philosopher, who as part of the British Angry Young Men literary movement, made his mark as an intellectual adventurer early on in the 1950s with debut 'The Outsider'.

This, by any measurement, is no easy task. Wilson's primary subject area is described as 'phenomenological existentialism' and the 81 year olds body of work includes writings on the imagined character of dark force Cthulhu, the psychology of serial killing and murder, the occult and perhaps most notably, the role of the alienated and disaffected in society.

Reynolds has form in deconstructing the characters of cerebral artists on paper, having chronicled the lives of Jeff Buckley and Leonard Cohen among others, and this collection of recordings - captured in Wilson's Cornwall home nearly ten years ago and laid over a curious set of musical arrangements – are an effort to transfer words to sounds, painting an aural picture of this self-declared genius at the same time.

From the bleak soundscape of 'Why Does Life Fail' which introduces the listener to Wilson's clipped English through brief sentences and the surprise exclamation of "JOY, CLOSE THAT DOOR" to the distorted introduction, echo of guitar notes, celestial voices on 'Why We Make It Difficult On Ourse' and sinister drones versus majestic interstellar strings of 'Surprised By Joy', the part experimental electronica, part spoken word and wholly surreal and sensory A World of Colin Wilson is a difficult listen, occasionally engaging at times but mostly in a 'Is this real life?' languorous Tramadol-induced comatic way.

The album continues with the haunting collision of piano notes, infrequent synth stabs and readings alongside unsettling electro samples like scratched whirring and undulating white noise until 'The Colour And Light Around Me' arrives, with upbeat snare brushes and gentle acoustic guitar. In it, Wilson describes his life in the lead up to writing The Outsider, before the track blooms into a moving and funky (!) number, complete with bass, percussion and harmonic vocals.

That Julian Cope and David Bowie have acknowledged their interest in the author's' work goes some way to illustrate his reach and influence on musicians in particular. And no doubt some will connect well with the ten tracks, which capture the writer's fascination with the sinister side of the human psyche neatly. But any other sub-texts and glaring messages referencing Wilson's work which are present in the recording have gone straight over this reviewers head and the foggy, surreal and often disconcerting nature of the sounds and flow resulted in something of a strange audio experience. It's an insight into an eerie world of beliefs and statements, supported by an equally eerie soundtrack put together by songwriter Martin Carr and Spanish band La Muneca De sal – definitely one for the Wilson/Reynolds fans and followers.