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.
We’ve now got a handful of warehouse-found CD copies to remind older heads and newcomers alike of Manning’s brilliance in bridging classical modes and contemporary electronica in a witty, melancholic way that can arguably only be matched by few others, such as Aphex Twin, Squarepusher or Plaid from that same era.
Concision vacillates succinct melodic études with beat-driven works that never quite tilt into the “drill ’n bass” intensity of his contemporaries, preferring a more elegant style that defined both his and the Irdial aesthetics with a classic sort of eldritch eccentricity, as opposed to American bombast or nEuropean psychedelia - if we’re going to generalise.
There are moments of striking classical beauty threaded throughout the album, especially in the chamber-like tracks which bookend the set, whilst others weave whirring drum machine patterns into the mix, along with a handful of spooked out organ refrains for haunted ballrooms.
It remains to say, that if you’ve ever been smitten with RDJ album, the most expressive Leyland Kirby pieces, or Goodiepal at his sweetest, this is a must check album.