Harris of Quoit, Napalm Death and Painkiller returns with a new release
under one of his better known aliases, Scorn. "List of Takers"
is a 70 minute jam session recorded live in October 2003 and later broadcast
on Breaks FM's 'Liquid Injured Hearing Radio' show in January
2004. Consisting of just one long track, the session comprises of elements
of other Scorn tracks mixed with new material.
"List of Takers" is hard to put into any one given musical category
and fuses elements from the hip-hop, industrial, ambient drone and rhythmic
noise genres. Still heavy on atmosphere and experimental texture, the
album also features massive dubby basslines and thudding hip-hop beats
that occasionally cascade over each other to the point of distortion.
Sometimes lapsing into hazy voices under throbbing bass and buzzsaw vibration,
Harris' music switches from dark nightmarish insanity to a pounding mechanised
industrial throb. Wherever Harris takes this 70 minute exploration into
the Scorn sound, the floor shaking bassline and relentless beats maintain
a common thread between the subtly shifting moods and atmospheres being
explored. Just as things veer off towards (relatively) gentler hip-hop
breaks, a darker more sinister mood slowly starts to descend, with an
ever present low undulating drone permeating throughout the whole thing.
From time to time, at the halfway point for example, the low background
drones come to the forefront like a fleet of passing World War II planes
before disappearing into the distance.
The deep slow mechanical throb and steady grinding drone makes "List
of Takers" the kind of album that can be absorbing and trance-inducing
but on the other hand can be dark and disturbing, depending on the listener.
To experience a musical improvisation like this in a live situation should
be completely submersive and liberating. Sometimes uplifting, sometimes
intense and at other times disturbing, "List of Takers" takes
the listener on a sonic exploration full of subtle (and sometimes not
so subtle) twists and turns in sound.