It appears that even with as low-profile as Scorn
has been in the modern music scene, even from the beginning,
Mick Harris's mainstay project only manages to grow further
and further away from the uninterested ears of the casual
American listener. I find this to be such a shame as this
new release, which came out in August of 2002 and finally
found its way into import shops, is a fine addition to the
body of work already present.
For those uninitiated to Scorn, the project is run
by one man, Mick Harris, who lays down layers of music and
sound to create patterned aural soundscapes constructed with
beats (be they electronic or live), heavy-end bass, and a
variety of other audio sources pieced together to create a
collection of tracks that are both interesting and many times
complex. Unlike Greetings From Birmingham
and Imaginara Award, this
album is less brash and provides far more organic elements
to help break up the heavy electronic tones that act as a
Scorn fans will find a lot more subtlety in this album
as many tracks, like Black Belt and Boss, don't
start off with the main beat that ends up supporting the body
of the tracks. A lot of ambient tones are thrown in to offset
some nice beat-work. Hints of Zander and even Gyral
turn up throughout the 11 tracks.
There are a number of tracks here worth noting - Table
of Charges provides a fine balance between the laidback
beat and the heavy electronic bass lines used to pace the
track. This is followed by the very subdued Put Your Weight
On It, which opens with an almost formless ambience that
slowly finds shape. Boss is a hearty track with a great
live drum track accented with a quickly paced bass line.
One of the nicer aspects to the album is the inclusion of
a piano track, even if in a more disturbingly off-tone presentation,
in songs like Dangler and Table of Charges.
Music fans who love some heavy bass pounding will enjoy this
album, most noteably songs like Way It Is and The
Snow Hill. There's more than enough variety here to give
each track their own defined personality.
Plan B provides probably the best offering by Scorn
since Zander, and arguably even before then. A lot
of the songs hail back to previous albums but still manage
to fit into the structure of the album without compromising
the heart of this new album. If you have ever enjoyed Scorn
before, you should try to find this album.