Boomkat Product Review:
Upon its release in 1997, Anthony Manning’s 3rd album of filigree electronic composition for Irdial Discs was unfortunately to be his last under that name, following a robbery that left him bereft of his studio equipment.
Concision vacillates between succinct melodic études with beat-driven works deployed in an elegant style that defined both his and the Irdial aesthetic with a classic sort of eldritch eccentricity, as opposed to American bombast or nEuropean psychedelia - if yr gonna generalise.
There are moments of striking classical beauty threaded throughout, especially in the chamber-like tracks which bookend the set, whilst elsewhere Manning weaved whirring drum machine patterns into the mix, along with a handful of spooked out organ refrains for haunted ballrooms.
If you’ve ever been smitten with the RDJ album, the most expressive Leyland Kirby pieces, or Goodiepal at his sweetest, this is a bit of a lost classic.