Boomkat Product Review:
Running concurrently with his Marcia Blaine School For Girls project, TVO have produced some of the finest synthetic hybrid musics to come out of Scotland in recent years, sucking in a raft of influences from the hypertech rhythms of Ae to the ambient fondling of BoC or dancefloor dedicated styles of 2562 into a vortex of heartfelt and affecting electronica. 'Broken 20' may initially cause you to check your amp connections, but don't worry, it's just a noisy intro to what turns into a lush and very cleanly produced album which runs by Farben-esque microhouse on 'The Grey King', to muted string orchestrations worthy of Murcof coupled with crafty rhythm constructions on 'For Brian Haw' or intricate T++ meets Marco Bernardi-in-the-middle-of-the-highlands styles on 'Castle Of Chalk & Flint'. There's shades of fellow Glaswegian Alex Smoke's ornate Drexciyan electro on 'Black Wing Encroaching', while 'The White Visitation' is one of the finest dubstep influenced modifications we've heard this year. The album's centrepiece must be the 9 minute epic 'Afanc', recently remixed by 2562 on the preceding 12", but here the original version is allowed to sprawl out in full cinematic glory with sweeping strings reminding of melancholic Coil compositions mixed with febrile electronic rhythms of the higest calibre. It's been a while since we've had an electronica album we could sit through from end-to-end and enjoy this much, it comes very highly recommended!