Greetings From Birmingham is the second release from
Scorn on the Hymen label. Much like the first EP, Imaginara
Award, this album features heavy-ended electronic bass
and programmed drum beats layers with synthesized electronic
The album really comes across as a display of drum beat and
tone. Tracks like Told You Can Tell, Flap and
Closedown all exhibit firm, steady beats with background
tone added for depth. While there is enough variety in beat
the overall constant sound doesn't seem to vary much.
Unfortunately, this album is not for the casual listener.
Unless you know what your getting into, Greetings From
Birmingham will come across as odd and confusing. Certain
tracks have odd timing and the drums may seem spasmatic to
the average listener. Being a fan of Scorn, Mick
Harris or Bill Laswell might better prepare you
for a listen to this album.
While the obvious growth and change may be nice for the die-hard
ambient/dub/drum and bass fans, the lack of more "organic"
sounds and the stripping down to a minimalist layering of
music may be what's holding this album back. Of course, if
minimalist soundscapes layered with steady drumbeats is what
you like, then give this album a try.