Boomkat Product Review:
Double album compilation of some of Pye Corner Audio's earliest productions, originally issued on his eponymous digital imprint.
There are rumours that in another life he was an engineer to the stars, and while that can't be verified, there's certainly an air of expertise about this bumper set of 21 productions. Given a new lease of life here, they consume the senses with a cool-handed grasp of cinematic narration and mystical analogue production values at once evoking mid-'60s Radiophonic Workshop, half-remembered Giallo missions and the home-smoked ambient techniques of early Boards Of Canada.
There's also an underlying propulsion that pushes this collection forward, just perfect for narrowed-eye night drives (you'll want to listen to this alone; put a turntable on the passenger seat); learned and low slung rhythms which almost subliminally motor forward while faded melodies intimate a deeply layered personality which reveals new secrets with every listen.
As anyone who knows this sound will cosign: it's an all too often imitated and hackneyed style. But we can sincerely say, this one really is a little bit special.