As previously with Greetings From Birmingham
and Imaginara Award, Governor
is more or less a preview EP that acts as a preview to
the full-length album Plan B.
This six track album provides three unreleased songs and three
remixes of tracks that appear on Plan B. Musically,
Scorn has evolved from an industrial act into more of a hybrid,
including elements of ambient, dub, drum & bass, techno
and even jungle beats. The music is composed of synthesized
drums, heavy-end bass and a lot of sampled keyboards and ambient
tones to piece together some usually enigmatic tracks.
The opening track, Hedrake, is a good piece on it's
own. It's a fairly straightforward piece that gets right to
the point. If you listen to Plan B before grabbing
this EP, though, Hedrake does manage to feel more or
less like a composite of that album. Collections is
bass-heavy, hip-hop influenced slow paced beat-fest accented
with a light wisp of synthesized tone that flows in the background.
Sleep When Home is a very beat heavy track that unfortunately
never really seems to go anywhere.
The remixes offer a fine take on the original tracks without
being too much of a blatant rip-off. Both the Boss
and Dangler remixes are only short efforts that give
a healthy glimpse of the original track while adding some
new elements. The Snow Hill remix is probably the best
of the three, as it really focuses on and emphasizes the best
aspects of the original song.
Probably my biggest complaint about this EP is the fact that
the tracks are just too straightforward, almost to the point
of being plain. Governor lacks the subtlety and nuance
that has made previous Scorn albums so interesting
to listen to.
While Governor is a good handful of tracks that Scorn
fans won't want to miss, it just doesn't manage to hold a
candle to the full length album. In fact, this isn't even
close to the best remix EP that Scorn has released,
but if you're hard up for new music from this hard to find
act, Governor will do good to hold you over.