Here’s an offshoot of this month’s post on Autumn. Ever-changing in both style and sound, Peter Bonne broke off from the Autumn project and briefly formed Linear Movement as an outlet for his newest material. These tracks are more song-oriented than the soundtrack-esque and experimental sound of Autumn’s early material, but are equally well-crafted. The record features both male and female vocals and contributions by Peter Koutstaal and Lieve Van Steerteghem.
This is the lone Linear Movement release, for the project spanned but two years before Peter re-joined with Geert Coppens to form Twilight Ritual. It was originally released on cassette in 1983 and re-released on CD through Micrart.com.
Without any further ado, here’s the details:
Linear Movement- Pulse Music LP
1. To Another Soul
2. Cytogenetic Movement
3. Five Faces
4. Due To You
5. Don’t Try To Trick Me
6. Way Out Of Living
7. You Won
8. The Linear Way
9. Magical Melody
10. The Other Way Round
*DOWNLOAD LINK REMOVED* Visit Micart to purchase these mp3s properly: Micrart dot com
A quick lazy Sunday post…I’ve had this one uploaded on divshare for a few months now, but forgot to post it here for everyone to enjoy. For a full writeup on Grauzone, see this post here, and otherwise, enjoy this classic Swiss minimal collection, released in 1998 and compiling Grauzone’s studio output.
Grauzone- Die Sunrise Tapes LP 1. Film 2 2. Eisbar 3. Hinter Den Bergen 4. Maikafer Flieg 5. Marmelade Und Himbeereis 6. Wutendes Glas 7. Kalte Kriecht 8. Kunstgewerbe 9. Der Weg Zu Zweit 10. In Der Nacht 11. Traume Mit Mir 12. Ich Und Du 13. Moskau 14. Ich Lieb Sie 15. Schlachtet 16. Raum
*DOWNLOAD LINK REMOVED*- Full Grauzone discography has been reissued as of 2010. Click here to grab a copy from CD Baby.
Now, listen up kids, this one is something brand-spanking new, and certainly special. I’m pleased to bring you five tracks from a prolific and multi-talented gentlemen who you may remember from such multimedia projects as the Venture Brothers, Mors Syphilitica, and Requiem in White.
Doc Hammer’s newest musical endeavor, simply entitled Weep, is his best yet, and instead of relying on operatic female vocals, his own voice graces these tracks and adds a new and exciting element to the already stellar, driving music. This demo was completely self-recorded, and each track is passionate and gripping without being overwrought and overbearing. It calls to mind the best epic swirls of shoegaze, the heaviest percussion of early post-punk, and tosses dozens of unforgettable hooks in for good measure. Weep was just unveiled this year, and will soon develop into a full-fledged live band, as these songs are simply a taste of what’s to come. A damn fine taste.
Here’s the tracklisting:
Weep- Never Ever demo 1. The Weep 2. Lay There and Drown 3. The Hole 4. One Lock, One Key 5. Can’t Be True
*download link removed*
Otherwise, for more information about Weep, visit the official myspace page, linked just below. Also, I’ve reviewed the demo for Post Punk dot com, so take a peek if you’re so inclined.
German post-punk band Pink Turns Blue is a recent discovery of mine, a band who are enjoying a bit of a renaissance these days as a reactivated unit. The band originally formed in 1985, and combined the playful edge of new wave with the dark undertones of the post-punk movement. Sources claim they are one of the pioneering darkwave bands, ushering in a new faction of post-punk inspired music. The band would release six full lengths and a series of seminal singles before splitting in 1995.
Due to high demand, Pink Turns Blue briefly reformed in 2003 to release a best-of compilation, appearing live at various festivals throughout the year. The reformation led to further collaborations between members, and the band has since released two full length records, 2005′s Phoenix and 2007′s Ghost.
However, jumping back 20 years, I’ve uploaded their debut record, 1987′s If Two Worlds Kiss. The details:
Pink Turns Blue- If Two Worlds Kiss LP 1. I Coldly Stare Out 2. After All 3. Walking On Both Sides 4. State Of Mind 5. When It Rains 6. If Two Worlds Kiss 7. That Was You 8. Missing You 9. A Moment Sometimes 10. When The Hammer Comes Down
This one is a bit of a classic in its genre. Liverpool based post-punk act Modern Eon released but one underground record during their short tenure, and though it didn’t make the splash that their contemporaries (Echo & the Bunnymen, The Chameleons, Modern English) did, the record is held in high regard by those who’ve discovered it, and its lush production mirrors and even outdoes some of the best records of its kind. I also adore the cover, perhaps my all-time favorite of any cover from the era, designed by the always excellent Brothers Quay.
Modern Eon formed in 1979 and released a handful of singles before cutting their lone full length, 1981′s Fiction Tales. The band appeared on John Peel’s radio program, but misfortune soon fell upon them as their drummer, Cliff Hewitt, injured his wrist. The band did a quick tour with Cliff’s tracks pre-programmed on primitive drum machines, but the band failed to record their sophomore effort, a shame, especially as they were rumored to have demoed new material. After Modern Eon’s demise, sax/guitarist Tim Lever would join up with Dead Or Alive, who made the charts with their more new wave-styled sound.
Note that this particular CD contains all of their 7” releases and extra tracks. I do believe it’s a bootleg, but the quality is absolutely impeccable! Thanks to Jeff for the donation!
Modern Eon- Fiction Tales LP
1. Second Still
2. The Grass Still Grows
4. Watching The Dancers
5. Real Hymn
6. Waiting For The Cavalry
7. High Noon
8. Child’s Play
11. In A Strange Way
13. Second Still (7″ Version)
14. Special Patrol
15. Choreography (7″ Version)
16. The Look A Smack
17. Euthenics (7″ Version)
18. Waiting For The Cavalry (7″ Version)
19. Cardinal Signs
20. Child’s Play (7″ Version)
22. Mechanic (7″ Version)
Today’s post features Belgian minimal wave band Autumn’s original 1982 cassette, Experiments With Environments. I’m unable to dig up a ton of information about the band, but the primarily two-piece outfit released countless underground cassette tapes documenting their pioneering and experimental synth work for five years throughout the early 1980s, many of which have only seen the light of day due to recent CD-r releases via collective label Micrart. Just before retiring the name to persue other projects, Autumn would record their own soundtrack to Fritz Lang’s silent classic Metropolis, which was occasionally performed alongside screening’s of the film before an ‘official’ score was made available.
As Autumn changed directions and laid their moniker to rest, members Geert Coppens and Peter Bonne would find some more success as members of Twilight Ritual, while Peter would also work as Linear Movement a short period of time.
Here are the details for the Experiments With Environments release:
Autumn- Experiments With Environments 1. Ocilado Q 2. Memories 3. Twilight World Part 1 4. Towards Tokio Part 1 5. Reach You From Behind My Walls 6. I Still Care 7. Gardens 8. Friday 9. Mystery Screen 10. Twilight World Part 2 11. My New Friend 12. PSI, A Destiny Experience 13. Metal Dream 14. The Posession L 15. 7.49 16. Towards Tokio Part 2 17. Experiments With Environments 18. Pale Mist Meditation 19. Delayed Mind Creation
*DOWNLOAD LINK REMOVED* Mp3s available via iTunes music store and Micart: Micrart dot com
Ruth were an incredibly short lived French synth/coldwave project, combining the efforts of solo artist Thierry Müller and members Philippe Doray and Ruth Ellyeri. The band formed in the mid-80s and released one full-length lp, 1985′s Polaroïd/Roman/Photo before parting ways. Müller would explore graphic arts and soon after would continue his solo work and form a new synth/experimental project entitled Ilitch, which is still active to this day.
In 2007, two early Ruth recordings were uncovered and released as a lone 7”, expanding their scant discography. Since its release, the title track has been compiled several times over on various French wave discs, bringing Ruth’s semi-obscurity to a head as a classic of the genre. A subsequent re-release of their debut album on CD through Fractal Records (sadly out of print at this point) compiled a handful of exclusive remixes, all of which are included with today’s download. Without any further ado, the details:
Ruth- Polaroïd/Roman/Photo LP 1. Thriller 2. Polaroïd/Roman/Photo 3. She Brings The Rain 4. Misty Mouse 5. Mabelle 6. Mots 7. Tu M’Ennuies 8. Polaroïd/Roman/Photo (Cotton Wool Mix, 1984) 9. Sans Mots (L’Orchestre Inachevé, Remix 2001) 10. Polaroïd/Roman/Photo (Instrumental First Mix, 1982)
Pardon the ball-dropping, ladies and gents, as this weekend was best spent soaking in the after effects of a short Nick Cave and the Badseeds set. Couldn’t muster the effort for a post. That said, all systems go this week, and I’ll kick this Monday off with a relatively cult favorite post-punk band, England’s own Into a Circle.
Into a Circle (a.k.a. In Two a Circle and In2a0) formed in 1985 in the wake of similarly styled outfit Getting the Fear, who released but one single (both as a 7” and 12”- will upload by request) before imploding. Afterwards, members Bee (aka Paul Hampshire) and Barry Jepson formed Into a Circle as a collective creative unit without the limitations of a four-piece band. Their material was self-produced and self-released, and Into a Circle quickly grew a rather significant cult following with their initial DIY single.
The band eventually signed with Abstract Records, who allowed them to continue their more laissez-faire work. The pair began to experiment more with tape loops and analog samples, drafting Strawberry Switchblade’s Rose McDowall for backup vocal duties both live and in the studio.
Into a Circle eventually split in 1989 after a final grueling tour, having released four well-received 12” singles and one record, 1988′s Assassins, which I’ve uploaded for you today. Both Getting the Fear and Into a Circle circulated several live recordings at concerts, and there were rumors of further collaborations and recordings, none of which have seen the light of day. Since then, Bee has been involved in Futon, an electro-rock group also featuring the ex-drummer of Suede.
Here’s the details for today’s download:
Into a Circle- Assassins LP (1988) 1. Beneath Mikhail 2. Over + Over 3. The Swinging Tree 4. ‘Elim 5. Forever 6. Allah Akhbar 7. Tender Skin 8. Evergreen 9. Assassins 10. Seraphin Twin
download link removed— click HERE to purchase the band’s entire discography on Cherry Red!
For your viewing pleasure, here’s a promotional video for ‘Evergreen,’ knicked straight off youtube:
There also exists a live clip of the band performing ‘Beneath Mikhail,’ so run a quick search over there if you want to see more! Otherwise, happy Monday, ladies and gents…
I am frustratingly hard-pressed to find a sufficient amount of information about today’s artist, Christof Glowalla, a minimal synth/NDW outfit from Germany. I’m even having difficulty pinning down a proper image of the act, aside from various sketches in this vein. Though seemingly a one man outfit, the ‘official’ myspace page clues in on a few other collaborators, though their roles are undisclosed. Certain other records indicate one lone release, a 1980 7” single limited to 1000 copies, but I’ve unearthed and uploaded a one disc collection of completed works, which include a handful of other tracks recorded throughout the 1980s, which most likely appeared on other under-the-radar 7” singles.
That all said, if anyone has any further information on Christof, past OR present, please send it my way. Otherwise, without any further delay, the details:
Christof Glowalla- Complete Works LP 1. Erde 80 2. Technik 3. Science Fiction 4. Der Bose 5. Smog In Der Stadt 6. In Der Zukunft 7. Gift Fur Alle 8. Die Liebe 9. Armer Heino 10. Traum 11. Bauernkrieg 12. ABC 13. Delirium
Fulfilling a request for today for Belgian post-punk/coldwave band Siglo XX. Siglo XX formed in 1980 during the fallout of the punk explosion, and the four piece outfit would drop a number of developmental DIY singles before recording their first record a few years later. Their sound was akin to the likes of the Factory Records crew, oftentimes hard-hitting and intense, while other times melodic, synthetic, and entrancing. Their name, which is Spanish for ’20th Century,’ stems from an anarchist movement and is representative of their gloom and doom sound, though the band loathed to be lumped in with their contemporaries.
Siglo XX disappeared from view as the eighties fizzled out, leaving behind a local legacy of singles, seven full-lengths, and several compilations. I’ve uploaded their 1984 collection, entitled Re-Released ’80-’82, which compiles their more formative (and in this author’s opinion, better) material.
Siglo XX- Re-Released ’80-’82 1. The Naked And The Death 2. Art Of War 3. Lines Of Hope 4. Youth Sentiment 5. Obsession 6. Factory 7. La Vie Dans La Nuit 8. Individuality 9. Autumn 10. Caraibian Nightmares 11. The Fall
I have a handful of their other releases lying around should anyone be interested in hearing more. Otherwise, click below for a Siglo XX myspace tribute page, and stay tuned for some treats, including a donated Marquis De Sade record and a third podcast.
Systems of Romance was created in mid-2007 to serve as a dumping grounds for all great things coldwave, minimal synth, post-punk, synthpunk, industrial, synthpop, and various other combinations of these styles. Feel free to make requests, noodle around, and discuss all you like...
Otherwise, this blog is dedicated to showcasing material that has long since been out of print. If you are aware of any of these items being readily available from the artist or label, or take issue with these tracks being uploaded, please let me know so I can amend the post or remove the links.