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Soundtracking an avant garde film about British artist Penny Slinger is a bold move for a debut, but that's what Psychological Strategy Board—Paul Snowden and Maybury—have done. Expect unsettling electronic soundscapes, fuelled by 1960s counter-culture and Slinger's masterfully experimental artwork. 

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Penny Slinger: Out Of The Shadows by Psychological Strategy Board
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 18 April 2018

I dream of the day I start my musical career and skip releasing an actual debut record and go straight to the soundtrack phase. Psychological Strategy Band daren’t dream, activating score season in their lives with this weird and disturbing OST for ‘Penny Slinger: Out of the Shadows’, a documentary about Slinger’s avant-garde creation ‘An Exorcism’. As if honouring the creation from which its creation was born, the PSB offer a record of brain-meddling drones and electroacoustic threats, standing themselves at a tube station in the dark and letting the unsourced medley of sounds crawl towards them.

A soundtrack this chilling sounds entirely suited to the film it’s made for, though as per the life of a Norman Records employee I have no time to watch movies and so can only hazard a guess. On its own, it’s a chilling cry in the dark, a horror-flick told in chance tones and surveying ambient drags. It reminds me that hauntology needs to try harder, while conjuring up the kind of personal, discrete discomforts conjured up in the music of Felicia Atkinson. Melodies are suggested, but they’re disassembled. Instead, this record leaves you with the clanking, making horror out of the spaces between close and distant. A thoroughly recommended fright of the night.



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