Boomkat Product Review:
Someone's being very good to us this week, and instead of merely one Mordant record, we get two and they're both incredible? Hmm... it's a week of double releases methinks, and not only is this very good indeed, but it's pretty far removed from the doom and gloom of its sister album 'The Tower'. Apparently made up of offcuts from a Boosey & Hawkes library music album which the duo of Baron Mordant and Admiral Greyscale were commissioned to produce, 'Carrion Square' is the perfect record for followers of the BBC Radiophonic workshop desperate for a fix. Forty tracks of synthesizer damage guide you through the weird, wild world of Mordant Music, and with the production at a ridiculous level throughout you would be forgiven for thinking this could be a long forgotten relic to be placed alongside the recently rediscovered work of Daphne Oram or Delia Derbyshire. You can almost feel the analogue circuitry pulsing and fizzing away as you let yourself absorb the music, and far from the skittish collection of overly short tracks the record could be, instead it feels totally coherent and totally perfectly realised. That's maybe why I doubt that tracks' status as offcuts, as rarely do compilations of offcut tracks sound so well put together, I suppose it could have been planned all along - but then I've always loved a good conspiracy theory. It's pointless for me to go into detail about specific tracks even, there is far too much to dig into on here and really you need to hear it from beginning to end. Let's hope that some day these guys will be picked up to do the soundtrack to some sci-fi TV show or another... err... maybe Doctor Who? Well I'd be happy that's for sure... Do yourself a favour and buy both Mordant Music albums this week, you won't be disappointed. Huge recommendation!