The Duke St Workshop are another bunch of hauntological story-weavers, this time going the full hog by: A) working with an actual horror film actor in the form of Laurence R Harvey, and; B) using Tales of H.P. Lovecraft as their inspiration. Harvey reads the spooky stories while the group fill in the soundscape with library-music style synths. 300 vinyl copies on Static Caravan.
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Vintage synths collide with spooky narration on this strange ode to the horror God. The Duke St Workshop have had a couple of turns making gothique homages to the electronic film soundtracks of yonder '80's and ‘found’ library music, but whose voice is joining them this time? Laurence R Harvey ladies and gents, a man who has acted in no less than TWO Human Centipede films. His soft British voice suddenly takes on a more sinister tone.
So, if you can imagine the time-capsule electronics of Ghost Box with an actor possibly as deranged as the characters he plays whispering over the top, then you can hear this in your head. The speech snippets are timed so that the music follows what he says - the word ‘oblivion’ signals a deep, growling bassline, building until a 4x4 kick pattern enters with Jean Michel Jarre melodies sounding like a stretched out fanfare. Remember Soft Rains by Zarelli, narrated by Leonard Nimoy? It’s sort of like that, but less reassuring. Actually it also kinda sounds like a creepier Public Service Broadcasting at the moment; make of that what you will.
An ode to joy this is not. but fans of recent hauntological and archaeological diggings into intense and unnerving electronic sounds of the future past will be right at home here. For me, it’s another of the same, a drop in the wave of similar things that have peppered the last couple of years with their ilk.
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