Boomkat Product Review:
A 28-track double album compiled by Wire scribe Joseph Stannard, celebrating 4 years of his audio-visual clubnight in Brighton, The Outer Church. Open-minded but exacting, The OC gospel is rooted in the teachings of hauntology but roams further than that, mapping out an eldritch, eccentric new iteration of England's Hidden Reverse. All tracks on this comp are previously unreleased recordings from artists who have performed at The Outer Church, and the range is as impressive as the quality: from the end-of-the-pier isolationism of Embla Quickbeam's 'Crystal Sea' to the roiling, Beta Band-esque psych of Grumbling Fur's 'Tilda Holds A Sword And Lillies' and the lysergic electro of cult Brooklyn filmmaker Graham Reznick's 'Tomorrow In New York City'. Ekoplekz turns in one of his most accomplished, melodic and pastoral-sounding works ('Outercountry'), Hong Kong In The 60s find the sweet spot between Stereolab and Saint Etienne on 'Summer's Bird', Old Apparatus indulge their taste for darkling ambient on 'Patter', Vindicatrix channels Alan Vega via MTV Base on 'Huemmana', and Bass Clef adopts his Some Truths guise for the sumptuous analogue techno involutions of 'Some Truths #24'. There are lots of other familiar faces (the mercurial Hacker Farm, Baron Mordant & Mr Maxted, Robin The Fog, VHS Head) alongside compelling salvos from the lesser-known likes of Paper Dollhouse, The Wyrding Module and Broken Three, while the notional godfathers of this scene-with-no-name, Position Normal, weigh in with the nutty 'Siegfried & Roy'. Stannard suggests that taken as a whole these tracks "advance the argument that something weird is stirring in modern music which resists categorisation, manifesting itself in unsettling cadences and temporal distortions across a wide variety of occult strategies", and we're not inclined to disagree.