The Central Office Of Information by The Central Office Of Information

The Central Office Of Information - strange name for an album, right? Named after the now extinct government agency, Kent-based Alex Cargill's mysterious electronic release is a haunting combination of old school synths, rusty drum machines and a generous spoonful of the burgeoning pioneer's smile-inducing irony.

Limited CD £10.99 CiS031

CD on Castles In Space housed in printed manilla string and washer envelope with concomitant faux-photocopied sheets, puzzling hand-stamped inserts and lost/recovered ephemera. Includes a sticker, badge and download card. Edition of 250.

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The Central Office Of Information by The Central Office Of Information
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8/10 Jamie 09 October 2019

So, Castles In Space release some interesting things, eh. Hm. Bit of a puzzler at first glimpse, this (as obviously it’s meant to be): the Central Office Of Information is the name of the artist and the title of the album. Here, Garden of England resident Alex Cargill has produced a work of intriguing electronica liberally peppered with Hauntological reference-points, many of which are nary to be found on any as-yet published map. Cartographers, look away now lest you become over-excited. However, Boards of Canada fans may register their interest at the rusty iron gate.

Darkly bubbling synthesis as witnessed herein exposes, and draws our attention to, some shady, freshly-unearthed documentation. The assembled bits and pieces (‘ephemera’, if you will) bundled within the manila file housing this CD allegedly ‘belonged to’, or reference, the aforementioned: the mysterious and secretive, long-since buried agency in the title. Cargill grew up in thrall to the acid house and rave scenes and he may still have a foot there (or perhaps a hand?) Now and then a techno pulse will rumble through these cavernous cascades of digital and analog synth strands. Not so much Boards of Canada (ha!) as bored of Ladas, perhaps...

For the most-part though (and cheesy, over-used references aside), these are some ominous, cloudy and opaque sounds. Textures which are, in fact, as forebodingly impenetrable as the structures illustrated in the assembled (faux) photo-stat blueprints contained herewith. Also, there are some nice, faded-sepia / monochrome postcards included -- in a package also containing A STICKER! Exciting stuff, and fun for everyone -- not just for the Haunted generation. 

9/10 Rob Customer rating (no review), 31st October 2019


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