Neil Scrivin’s Twenty Years On Ben Nevis is a lovely suite of fuzzy electronics themed around a book about life in a Ben Nevis observatory. Scrivin created and digitally released this record in 2007, and this remastered tape release (in a fetching ‘snow storm’ plastic cassette) is the first time it has been available physically. On Fonolith.
Tape £8.49 FON301
Silver glitter ‘snow storm’ cassette tape on Fonolith in ice clear case. AKA Phono Ghosts / Meatbingo.
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The man behind Phono Ghosts has a real name and is not a ghoul born from tape spools. This time, he ditches the choppy freak funk to release a more spaced-out, downtempo chill of a tape that is based on some folks who lived in a Ben Nevis observatory. 20 years up there and you’d want a tape made about you, too.
OK this was actually recorded in 2007 and released as digital only in 2008, so this is a sort of remaster/reissue thing. If I had to make a straight comparison, it’d be to Boards of Canada’s Tomorrow’s Harvest, with its grainy haze of synth motifs with just the right hint of spook, occasionally building to beat-led tracks that still just keep things simmering. The pitches of everything wobble and waver like a slightly awry tape machine, all the synths feel purposefully muted and there are even some voiceovers that join at certain moments.
Fans of Ghost Box, Listening Center, Concretism and the like should definitely jump on this. If you want more of the same, I guess. It’s very nice though.
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