We are delighted to present the debut album by Psychological Strategy Board – the soundtrack to director Richard Kovitch’s film about the incredible, untold story of the British artist Penny Slinger and the traumatic events that led to the creation of her masterpiece, the 1977 photo-romance, ‘An Exorcism’.
Stream the full album over at The Quietus now.
“forcibly unsettling… disturbing… a lot like Throbbing Gristle reduced to little more than ground-up synths and ominous, snarling impulses” – Electronic Sound Magazine
“the uncanny is portrayed as dark wonder” – The Wire
“I love it, I think it’s a classic. And like reggae, there is a dubbed quality to the tapes that warrants repeated listening. I find the textures highly intriguing; how their shapes and contours are formed out of loquacious sound design that seems more by chance than design, but totally random (genius) and hence genuine. It’s like a collection of words that needs to be read as a whole to make sense of it, instead of skimming for specifics. This album comes very highly recommended!” – Fluid Radio
“As the synths bubble and burn, one thinks of synapses firing, of wild ideas created in a manic phase, of the frenzy to write them down. At first the tones are rounded like beeps. By the end they are fraying at the edges. Dark, measured breaths appear in the background: the monster is in control.” – A Closer Listen
“Dank rumblings and slow churns reminiscent of Throbbing Gristle nudge against hovering dissonance and creeping fear chords. Spurts of electronic dislocation bubble and fizz over thick ripples of amorphous, atonal synth sound, hissing static and whispering winds. Sonorous low-end notes resonate, hanging in the air before they slowly decay, submerged by tense undulations. The atmosphere is dark, ominous, unsettling, but not oppressive.” – Aural Aggravation
“Theirs is a crafted vibe that fuels plenty of further investigation into this artist’s work — the highest compliment that any soundtrack can pay to its subject matter” – Freq
Paul Snowdon (Time Attendant) and Maybury played, recorded and manipulated live performances (using synths, electronic boxes and laptop) to create unique, often unsettling soundscapes inspired by the work of Penny Slinger.