'Library Of The Occult presents the most stately, sinister synth workout you'll hear all year. a rescore to the classic M.R James tale 'The Ash Tree' composed by Renato Montenegro under his 'Missionary Work' alias. An absolutely beautiful record - it simply reeks of pitch-black Suffolk nights and windswept churchyards'
released October 1, 2021
The Ash Tree
Directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark
Written by M.R. James and David Rudkin
A Rescore by Missionary Work
All songs by Renato Montenegro
Drums on "Scaffold Rites for Mistress Mothersole" by Renato Montenegro
Voiceover on "Scaffold Rites for Mistress Mothersole" by Doug Chapman
Featuring the Sortitio Chorum on "Sortilege I — Isaiah 13:20", "Sortilege II — Luke 13:9", and "Sortilege III — Job 39:30"
Featuring the Missionary Work Tabernacle Choir on "Thou Shalt Seek Me in the Morning..." and "...And I Shall Not Be"
Freddy Carrie Cruiser
mastering for digital distribution - Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studio
This album caught my eye and ear as someone who grew up living in a new town in Hertfordshire and now lives in new city in Egypt. The album encapsulates a sense of the doomed promise of such ventures, and the way in which such synthetic managerial ways to constructing a culture through architecture always sow the seeds of their own failure. The music resonates this duality perfectly - the beauty of the utopian dreams that birthed such cities, but the grim experience of their realities. nujumi
Fascinating chat with Mr. Concretism. Great to hear about his synths and software and the track by track analysis of The Concretism Archive vol.1 adds to the listening experience - more of that sort of thing please! Infinite Tapes
So wonderfully put together you don't realize the ingenuity behind some of the sound sources until you read the liner notes. Another fine addition to an increasingly expanding Radiophonic-like world. Anthony Childs