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Pye Corner Audio - Sleep Games

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Sleep Games by Pye Corner Audio
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  • Artist: Pye Corner Audio
  • Label: Ghost Box
  • Genres: Electronic
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  • Artist: Pye Corner Audio
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  • Genres: Electronic
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(1 review) 9/10

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9/10 according to on Fri 26 Oct, 2012

A fresh selection of dilapidated sloth-techno and decaying witching-hour electronica from this new master of home-brewed analogue doom. His wonderful eerie sounds come replete with an austere yet comfortingly nostalgic outlook that no-one until now has quite done this way. The first track makes me think of the Dutch techno underground - it has a sort of melancholic Eurodisco electro strut with liberal splashes of that pondering wonky synth that initially made OPN such an intriguing proposition. In short it totally rules and trips right into the richly hypnotic Carpenter-esque cruise of 'The Black Mill Video Tape'.

'Sleep Games' has that real classic hazy alternate-universe groove to it, like I mentioned in a previous fawning write-up, his music really does often resemble exciting archive tape discoveries. 'Palais Spectres', situated around the middle of this multi-faceted gem of an album, has authentic drop-outs and a murky patina to the sound. 'A Door in The Dry Ice' is like early Vector Lovers pacing glumly at a funeral in the snow but about twenty times better than that sounds.

This guy, The Head Technician, somehow manages to transcend much of the potential retro cheesiness of the main modern pretenders by making this whole thing sound like he was playing this on some real crazy old bulky synths that are a hairs breadth away from malfunctioning and dissolving into dust, whilst gazing wistfully out of his eleventh-floor flat window at a bleak forgotten city being battered in the wind and rain...

By 'Into The Maze' he has gyrated and shifted his sound towards a darkly sensual take on some form of moody backroom cosmic-industrial techno. This track is just fucking ace, replete with an entrancing bubbling synth motif that comes wandering in and features brief passages of weird unnerving screeing noise just below the sound horizon making you feel a little startled.

The Ghost Box family must be quite proud to have this shadowy youngster releasing stuff on their dinky electro-nostalgic stable. He brings a considered contemporary approach along with him and adds, what they themselves say is, this kind of "post-rave meltdown" affect to their bloopy quizzical niche. Some of the synth lines scattered throughout this album are truly evocative and genuinely affecting, his brittle, dystopian sound-world featuring superb shifting drone-arcs and plenty of curious grainy alien clutter. A cosmic death disco odyssey that will delight fans of most melodic electronic music. The closest thing this country has to a downbeat lo-fi Danny Wolfers?

If you buy two electronic records this Autumn make it this beauty and the new Andy Stott album. So sad, so full to the brim with slowly blossoming life.

 

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Press release

Sleep Games is the new album from Pye Corner Audio the most recent addition to the Ghost Box roster. There are echoes of John Carpenter, Italo horror soundtracks and a kind of post rave meltdown in PCA's submerged disco and spectral electronics. Something of a new sound to the world of Ghost Box but at the same time an uncannily perfect fit.

TRACKLISTING:

LP

  1. Pye Corner Audio - Sleep Games
  2. Pye Corner Audio - The Black Mill Video Tape
  3. Pye Corner Audio - Print Through
  4. Pye Corner Audio - Deep End
  5. Pye Corner Audio - Into the Maze
  6. Pye Corner Audio - Experimental Road Surface
  7. Pye Corner Audio - Yesterday's Entertainment
  8. Pye Corner Audio - The Mirror Ball Cracked
  9. Pye Corner Audio - Palais Spectres
  10. Pye Corner Audio - Remanence
  11. Pye Corner Audio - A Door in the Dry Ice
  12. Pye Corner Audio - A Non-Place
  13. Pye Corner Audio - Underneath the Dancefloor
  14. Pye Corner Audio - Nostalgia Pills

CD

  1. Pye Corner Audio - Sleep Games
  2. Pye Corner Audio - The Black Mill Video Tape
  3. Pye Corner Audio - Print Through
  4. Pye Corner Audio - Deep End
  5. Pye Corner Audio - Into the Maze
  6. Pye Corner Audio - Experimental Road Surface
  7. Pye Corner Audio - Yesterday's Entertainment
  8. Pye Corner Audio - The Mirror Ball Cracked
  9. Pye Corner Audio - Palais Spectres
  10. Pye Corner Audio - Remanence
  11. Pye Corner Audio - A Door in the Dry Ice
  12. Pye Corner Audio - A Non-Place
  13. Pye Corner Audio - Underneath the Dancefloor
  14. Pye Corner Audio - Nostalgia Pills
  15. Pye Corner Audio - Chlorine
  16. Pye Corner Audio - Nature Reclaims the Town

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