Space Music: Pye Corner Audio's 'Prowler'


'Prowler' video. More Than Human Records

Is it too soon for another dose of "Space Music?" I think not, because Pye Corner Audio ((AKA Martin Jenkins) has a new LP scheduled to drop this Friday on More Than Human Records.

Titled "Prowler," it's a seven-track journey through the Head Technician's signature sonic landscape -- a retro-synth realm of mist and mystery, creeping dread and supernatural intrigue. Or, to repeat a line from More Than Human's press materials, "creeping beats & woozy pulses for the haunted disco." I think that's pretty apt.

I had a chance to preview the album today and it delivered on all my expectations set by PCA's previous releases and mixes. "Decade Counter," featured below, boasts a satisfying ethereal and spacey quality. While most of the other tracks skew slightly darker, it's still a great example of what to expect from the album as a whole:

More Than Human also produced a short film around the title track, using its building tension and mystery as an effective counterpart to a visual tale of doppelgängers and woodland murder. It's exactly the sort of scenario one imagines whilst listening to Pye Corner Audio: danger, mystery and hallucination in a place where the sun never quite shines.

I highly recommend the release. Vinyl enthusiasts can grab a copy this Friday, while the digital release hits December 11. Until then, explore the sounds of PCM at his Bandcamp site, Soundcloud page or Spotify profile.

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About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.