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Pye Corner Audio - Volumes 1 & 2

Recommended by us on 24th May 2012. 12 people love me. Be the 13th...

Volumes 1 & 2 by Pye Corner Audio
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(1 review) 9/10

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9/10 according to on Thu 24 May, 2012

Been really looking forward to this one after catching him live in Newcastle a few weeks back. Personally I'm actually not massively into some of the Ghost Box stuff as it often errs on the side of melodically twee or daftly nostalgic without particularly inspiring me but this guy is totally summat else! “The Head Technician”, he calls himself, and here is an archive of particularly stunning electronic treats that he has gifted to Type Records - one that you certainly don't want to miss, yo!

Originally a self-released outing named the 'The Black Mill Tapes', this bulging set of lo-fi electronic ventures sounds like it has been discovered in a bunker discovered from the first Cold War era, like mid-late '70s. There's so much to be enjoyed here, ranging from austere, detached vintage synths, crackly ambient scenarios, proto-techno beats, Radiophonic Workshop eeriness, muffled Leyland Kirby-esque elegies, blurred, decaying retro keyboard loops and hypnotic kaleidoscopic rhythms. That's all from the first side. I totally feel like I'm in heaven!

Just checking out a side of the second vinyl (One green, one blue! How neat-o) and it opens with a dark authoritative cosmic piece that blends into another chunk of very slow embryonic techno that itself resembles something found in Ware and Marsh's pre-Human League demo drawer, the fidelity of some of these pieces is so gloriously faded and fluttery like a really old worn tape but the power and authenticity really shines through. Imagine finding this music in an old chest, you'd cry with happiness at some of the amazing pooting rhythms, warm fuzzy analogue textures and sad-eyed electronic sci-fi melodies and his organic production touches just completely sell it to me, this is intimate, beautiful music as full of brittle wonder and tinged with regret as it often is.

Press release

- Double LP Edition from this Ghost Box affiliated artist.

- Cut at Dubplates & Mastering and pressed up in an edition of 700 copies only.

- Recommended for fans of Boards of Canada, Ghost Box, Mordant Music, Ekoplekz, and The BBC Radiophonic Workshop

* Not much is known about the shadowy figure of the Head Technician, the man supposedly behind Pye Corner Audio. There are rumours that in another life he was an engineer to the stars, and while that can’t be verified, there’s certainly an air of expertise in this bumper set of productions. ‘The Black Mill Tapes Volumes 1 & 2’ were originally released by the Technician himself, and have been picked up for a very special vinyl release. These collect up the first handfuls of tracks from the Pye Corner Audio vaults, and are a perfect introduction to the Head Technician’s fuzzy Radiophonic funk.

* While Pye Corner Audio might be loosely associated with the much-lauded Ghost Box collective, his music is more difficult to pin down. At times the dusty soundscapes bring to mind the flickering into to mid 60s Doctor Who, but at others you’re catapulted into a Dodge-driving neon-flecked US road movie circa 1979. It’s an enviable concoction of genres, with the muted 4/4 pulse of Theo Parrish sitting happily alongside the wired electro of Other People Place and the cracked homespun ambience of early Boards of Canada. Somehow though, our Head Technician uses his technical knowhow to pull it off, and emerge with a collection of tracks that is far more than an exercise in retro fetishism. ‘The Black Mill Tapes’ are a collection of long lost club records, engineered solely for the woozy drive home – 4am, long highways and bright lights. Just leave Ryan Gosling out of it

TRACKLISTING:

1/. Transmission One: Lonesome Vale 2. We Have Visitors 3. Folk Festival 4. Electronic Rhythm Number Three 5. A Dark Door 6. Theme Number Four 7. Electronic Rhythm Number Eight 8. Building Twelve, Room One 9. Theme Number Nine 10. Transmission Three: Briar Lane 11. Gathering 12. Mirror Sequence 13. Electronic Rhythm Number Seven 14. Transmission Four: Crooked Hill 15. Electronic Rhythm Number Four 16. Through The Kings Wood 17. Recrypt 18. Theme Number Six 19. Toward Light 20. Sine Times Nine 21. Ecneuqes Rorrim

 

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