The pylon is curious thing, central to modern life and yet also indisputably distant and alien. Inspired by these monoliths is Pylon Reveries, a work of hauntological majesty by Charles Vaughan, a fictional man associated with epic45. Lots of ominous electrified countryside atmospheres to get lost in here. CD release on Wayside and Woodland Recordings.
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When we were kids and on family holidays me and my brother would photograph pylons resulting in aghast grandparents. "We've taken you bairns all the way to Castle Douglas and all you've done is take photos of the damn pylons".
Whether Charles Vaughan did similar is possibly a moot point as we are not actually sure he exists. Whoever he is he's concocted several vignettes here that culminates in a love letter to those hulking steel structures that buzz over our land. But this is not the suburban pylons of my never realised "Pylons in Back Gardens" blog but those rural pylons where a pylon stands still in an otherwise golden field of corn. The music here at times nails the strange juxtaposition of these things - "Fallen Pylon on Pagan Burial Ground" in particular has an eerie calm about it, soundtracking a place where nothing happens but the wind whipping through cornfields and the buzz of the wires. If I could just stop talking about pylons for a minute (he (Charles Vaughan) started it!), then I'd describe the music as a sort of threatening bucolic buzz, hints of Boards of Canada, Basinski but altogether nastier, 'Chased Through A Field' sounds like the gruesome finale to a rave gone wrong. There's plenty of John Carpenter-esque suspense in here - the pulsating heartbeats on 'Drones Above' give you the impression that something awful is going to happen.
"Don't touch the pylon" I was advised as a child, don't fly your kite near it either. But these death traps are there just waiting for someone silly enough to climb it. Deathly electricity buzzing through our skies. Vaughan here soundtracks the chilling thrill of them perfectly.
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