Pyramids of Space
Despite remaining a staunchly anonymous release, 'POS' is the work of Pyramids of Space, a supposedly loose and roster-based electronic music group based in Cornwall through the mid-nineties, with a strong dedication to respecting classic traditions of the genre. 'POS sounds a lot like ambient and house stalwarts Global Communication. Made by a source unknown to even die-hard fans, it's being released on the ever-elusive Mordant Music label, which hosts similarly-minded artists to the pioneering and experimental electronic label Hyperdub, and has a history of challenging, left-field and varied sounds, be it droning guitar or spoken stories set to music. Mordant Music often hosts artists who swear themselves to the kind of anonymity electronic music has come to both adore and expect. 'POS' -- a long lost cassette release featuring ninety minutes of analogue-informed electronic music over twenty two tracks -- is no different. No credits appear on the cassette's sleeve or blurb, and while it can be compared to a great deal of ambient IDM artists (from Aphex Twin to Polygon Window) its best bet is label founder and musician Brian Mordant himself, who has often released dark electronic and synth works with meditative touchstones.
Mordant Music keep up the mythology of 'POS', integrating it into the music itself, citing "dunes, Pharaohs and curses" as motifs guiding the music. It has the feel -- in the great trio of theme, sound, and anonymity -- of Boards of Canada, who also make uncanny electronic music with little interest in their own role. 'POS' has a nineties vibe and influence (it was supposedly made around the time other early IDM artists were coming into their own) and shows it off. It also makes sure it respects the genre's affection for symbolism and the death of the author: this is ambient music made by an unknown source.