Boomkat Product Review:
Pye Corner Audio's "Black Mill Tapes" is back with a special 10th anniversary reissue. One for the synth fetishists, this sounds like John Carpenter turning his hand to slithering Detroit techno or SURVIVE after 48 hours at Berghain.
It's not hard to find records fashioned from a collection of analog synthesizers based around vintage movie soundtracks and charity store Tangerine Dream records right now, but Pye Corner Audio's "Black Mill Tapes" remains one of the best examples of the genre. Martin Jenkins' skill was revealed fully here as he took the influence of John Carpenter or Goblin and flipped it completely, edging creepy, anxious arpeggios and moss-covered drum machine loops into club music zones that hinted at a different kind of dark room.
This 10th anniversary set bundles the four "tapes" in a boxset and should appeal to horror/sci-fi enthusiasts, Mogwai fans, Ghost Box obsessives, Boards of Canada fans, Minimal Wave lovers and second wave Detroit techno completists in a single breath. It's more than simply soundtracks for an imaginary film; Jenkins takes us on a journey but never completely relies on nostalgia, allowing his influences to seep through genre framework and form into an amorphous blob that's somehow timeless.