Pye Corner Audio is the solo project of British electronic artist Martin Jenkins, who has been amassing a wealth of adventurous, darkly weird material over the past half decade. I discovered him via the Sleep Games LP a couple years ago while searching for perfect music to listen to at work.
I tend toward electronic music that’s tonally cohesive yet texturally adventurous while working. No vocals. Nothing too fast. This means that I spend a lot of time listening to Rod Modell, DJ Sprinkles, and classic Warp artists like Boards of Canada.
Funny enough, I feel like this album nails the appeal of each of those extremes in its own way, borrowing pieces of my affection to build a beguiling whole. There’s a minimalist attitude to the whole set, playing with a limited palette, evoking a surprising range of texture. The rhythm programming is sharp but obscured, engaging yes spacey. I think that dark radiophonic workshop sound that Boards are known for might be the biggest inspiration for this project.
While Pye Corner Audio would never be mistaken on record for anyone else, it’s at least a close cousin to that sort of mystery-transmission nostalgia, riding bent synths over rumbling beats into the more obscure ends of the spectrum.
I couldn’t really decide on where to start, so here’s the whole album.