Boomkat Product Review:
Reenter a world of sinister whimsy and oneiric eccentricity with Moon Wiring Club’s YDA of weirdness in Tantalising Mews, a conceptual album that unfolds as part of snakes & ladders-like boardgame based on a dream by the artist involving decaying discount carpet shops and missed trains. Think ‘90s VHS boardgame Nightmare/Atmosfear, but based in a unchronic steampunk UK town populated by spectral chocolatiers and anthropomorphic apparitions.
The typically surreal sounds on the vinyl are intended as a background musicke for the game, with 40 minutes of smeared ambient inference and twilight tones imagined as a sort of Eno-esque Music For Boardgames which underlines and enhances the gameplay with a not-too-distracting quality, before subtly increasing the tension in line with the game’s own timeframe. While this has long been a central theme and structure to myriad computer games, it’s fairly safe to say that this is the first time a PS1 Playstation has been used to make the music for its archaic antecedent.
On the vinyl, Moon Wiring Club rolls the dice on a thoroughly elusive sequence of eldritch sound, using the PS1’s FX to emulate melted shellac, gaggles of ghosts and the imagined environmental sounds of an eerie parallel dimension that lies just behind our own reality. Of course, you can play the record without the game for equally disorienting effect...