Scorn ‎– Leave It Out

Possible ‎– DOSS 12 003
Vinyl, 12"


A1 In For 5:27
A2 Every Bit Of 5:16
AA1 Noticed 5:35
AA2 Off 4:19



Created and mixed May 1996 in The Box.

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DOSS 12 003 Scorn Leave It Out(12", W/Lbl) Possible DOSS 12 003 UK 1996 Sell This Version


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June 3, 2012
Would Beethoven have created the music he did if he had access to digital technology? Would Da Vinci have painted the Giaconda the same if he could have scanned her onto disc beforehand? And would SCORN have created music like this if MICK HARRIS & NICK BULLEN hadn't split up? Those of us who love this music KNOW that, after "Evanescence" and particularly "Silver Rain Fell", that SCORN were going down the path that gave them album of the week in NME and one of the top albums of the year in THE WIRE. It seemed inevitable until suddenly things went pear-shaped between the protagonists. But did Ludwig's lack of sampling keyboards make his music less wonderful? And did Leonardo's application of oils to board make the Louvre's most prized acquisite somehow more lacklustre? We'd all like to have seen what would have happened if... But fate changed things, and I for one would like to think it was a change for the better. MICK could have carried on along what was becoming for them a safe avenue, but instead chose to stride out - like the Anthropologist ADRIAN BOSHIER - into a far less safe environment. "In For" promises a glimpse into SCORN's dark ponderous netherworld of rhythms - the flat piano flays slowly around like some kind of Victorian mechanical street music while the achingly slow drums and sub-cat's-purr bassline warm the arctic air. "Every Bit Of" delves even deeper into the Industrial substrata of their music, this time using the broken (as opposed to break-) rhythms which have become so much a part of their final couple of albums. You get to grips with it's medium-slow dance pace, regular, repetitive, dark but normal. And it's when you hook into that rhythm that it begins to split & break, behaving the opposite of how your brain says it should. "Noticed" returns to the ambient dub-full-in-your-face sound of "Evanescence" - upfront, upbeat, hard as rock pumping dance music full of scraping sounds and built on the solid granite bass. It gets you moving, insistant and demanding, a simplistic body music over a myriad sound events. Play loud. "Off" seems to form a perfect bridge between their former semi-commerciality and latter oddyform rhythmic anarchy. The overall feel is of something oriental with the chorus guitar over the bass-thick dub while a Pandora's box of noises fly in all directions. Wild & crazy over tamed & disciplined, this one track could act as the missing link for those who feel SCORN should be analysed. Excellent ending to a must-have EP.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.