Today’s artist should need no introduction, as he’s a member of several pioneering electronic acts including the likes of Throbbing Gristle and Chris and Cosey/Carter Tutti. Though Chris Carter lent his skills primarily to these outfits, the English musician recorded several of his own more electronic and less abrasive pieces on the side.
This particular release, Carter’s first solo outing, consists of several synth/wave instrumental recordings made in the legendary Throbbing Gristle studio. Though it’s been re-released several times over (never on vinyl), The Space Between originally appeared in cassette form, with little information and no tracklisting. The original pressing was released on TG’s Industrial Records, while subsequent CD reissues appeared on Elektra and The Grey Area.
Without any further ado, here’s the information for the record, and the link for your perusal:
Chris Carter- The Space Between Cassette 1. Beat 2. Outreach 3. Electrodub 1 4. Clouds 5. Reprise 6. Electrodub 2 7. Poptone 8. Slomo 9. Walkabout 10. Maybe 11. Falling 12. Solidit 13. Snap 14. Interloop 15. Resonance
As mentioned in a post just over a year ago, French post-punk band Marc Seberg formed out of the ashes of Marquis de Sade, a similarly styled band who released two records in the late ’70s/early ’80s. After their split, vocalist Philippe Pascal and guitarist Anzia formed Marc Seberg, who released four albums (and one posthumous live record) the Virgin France label before dissolving as the nineties took hold.
Marc Seberg’s style continued with the same jangly, yet gloomy guitar driven sound developed by Marquis de Sade, with more glamorous synth production at the helm. For your listening pleasure, here’s the band’s sophomore effort, 1985’s Le Chant Des Terres LP, which was re-released on CD with the 1984 L’Eclaircie 7” attached. Here’s the info:
Marc Seberg- Le Chant Des Terres LP
2. Le Chant Des Terres
3. Don’t Fail Me
4. Si J’Avais Su Te Dire
7. E. Rope
8. Les Ailes De Verre
9. L’Eclaircie (Version Maxi)
10. Une Dernière Fois
Here’s a horse of a different color compared to the usual sounds posted here as of late. Screams For Tina formed in Los Angeles in 1985, a twisted, dark post-punk band consisting of four like-minded members. They released one 12” mini-album (uploaded below) just a year after their formation, generating a bit of college buzz with their heavy, glam-infused brand of twisted, dark rock. The band toured for four years straight, playing with the likes of Human Drama, Ex-Voto, and various other players in the late eighties post-punk scene.
However, the original lineup of Screams for Tina split in 1990, but while various members departed, others quickly joined the ranks and the band soldiered on, attracting the attention of Cleopatra records, who released a full-length record in 1993. The band split once more in 1997, however, significant re-exposure and the continued friendship of members Warren Mansfield and Billy Budd led to a reformation of Screams For Tina in 2007. They are currently working on a full length record! In the interim, give a spin to the record that started it all, 1986’s Strobelight Funeral 12”. Fun fact: This particular record inspired Strobelight Records, home to Frank the Baptist, the reformed Pink Turns Blue, Black Ice, and The Last Days of Jesus, to name a few
The reformed Screams For Tina has a new website up, with t-shirts available for purchase. If you’re a fan of the shirt, nab one and support the band’s reactivation! Keep your eyes peeled for a new record in the works.
Here’s a fun synthpop/wave record for the excellent weather at work here in the northern hemisphere. The band in question is Jo Lemaire + Flouze, primarily a two piece project formed as an outlet for Belgian singer Jo Lemaire and musician Philippe Depireux, who were married at the time. The band released a handful of records in the late seventies/early eighties, splitting soon after this record, released in 1981. Jo Lemaire divorced Depireux and began a solo career to some fanfare in Europe, recording new wave records sung in both French and English.
It was their final record, 1981’s Pigmy World that set the stage for Lemaire’s solo career, with the strong support of “Je Suis Venue Te Dire Que Je M’en Vais,” a synthpop treatment of a prominent Serge Gainsbourg number. Though it is easily the highlight of the record, the remaining tracks keep the same summery synthpop vibe alive. Without any further ado, here’s the information for Pigmy World.
Jo Lemaire + Flouze- Pigmy World LP 1. Shades Of Night 2. Je Suis Venue Te Dire Que Je Mén Vais 3. Satellites 4. Siamese Sister 5. Chameleon 6. Voices In The Silence 7. Inner Void 8. Escape 9. Outside The Hole 10. Claustrophobia
Pardon the double post, ladies and gents, but here’s a rather solid 12” by German EBM act Velodrome. Though this is their only release, each member of the duo had been previously active in other similar bands. Previous to Velodrome, Jorge Guber played in both Lineas Aereas and Metro Pakt while vocalist Krishna Goineau was a member of the famous Liaisons Dangereuses, who resumed activity soon after this 12” release.
Without any further ado, here’s the information for their lone 12”, released in 1988.
Velodrome- Au Velodrome 141 12” 1. Au Velodrome 141 2. Glasfabrik 3. Capataz
Ages ago, I uploaded Swedish minimal synth duo Twice a Man’s debut single, one of the best releases of its time. Without repeating any information, click here for the original post, chock full of info and links to keep on Twice a Man’s current output.
Meanwhile, here’s the information for their debut full length, 1982’s Music For Girls, which though released on CD in 1994, remains curiously out of print to date.
Twice a Man- Music For Girls LP 1. Move 2. Breathe The Air 3. Boy 4. Battle 5. Russian Tractors 6. Decay 7. In My Mind 8. Dance 9. Gentlemen 10. Threat
Based in Montreal, Xavier Paradis has been a forerunner of the recent North American resurgence of minimal synth music since his days as Arnaud Lazlaud, active since the 1990s.Under new moniker Automelodi, Paradis has once more unveiled a succinct handful of ice cold, yet infectious tunes ripe for the masses.
The freshly released Fait ses Courses EP, available via Wierd Records, is heavily influenced by the original French coldwave movement.The EP shares a deliciously similar aesthetic once explored by the likes of Martin Dupont, Babel 17, and Trisomie 21, while injecting the moody atmosphere with fun and fancy-free dance grooves and minimal electronics that call some of the best Italo Disco to mind. Despite these touchstones, Fait ses Courses is remarkably transcendent, flirting with a sound that will both shed light on past triumphs and influence many to come.
Paradis’ vocals, primarily recorded in French, still convey emotion even at the lightest, spoken whisper. The result is a highly romantic, fresh, and imaginative offering that not only swells the heart, but stimulates the body. It’s damn near impossible to sit still while listening to Faitses Courses, as each of the EP’s main tracks are polished and primed for even the grittiest of dance floors. For those paying attention, there’s even a hidden track nestled between a few moments of ambient street noise, a classic instrumental interlude in its own right, and a welcome addition to an otherwise short, but sickly sweet collection.
On the wake of this tremendous release, Automelodi is gracing New York’s own underground minimal synth and coldwave scene, and aims to take the city by storm for two performances this week. The first takes place this Wednesday at Home Sweet Home, an East Village haven for Wierd Records’ own weekly minimal gathering. As previously mentioned, Wierd Records founder Pieter Schoolwerth continues to cultivate and educate in the ways of cold, analog electronics, and many of the bands on the Wierd roster have worked wonders for the necessary fostering and rebirth of the genre. Wednesday’s heavily anticipated recital begins at the stroke of midnight, but Automelodi will also be offering a repeat performance at The Annex this Saturday, joined by Xeno and Oaklander, one of the very best acts this city has to offer. Not convinced yet? Take a listen to “Schéma Corporal,” one of Automelodi’s most striking tracks:
There’s very little information to be found on this particular artist, one John Ruth from New York, whose lone 1981 release, I Am a Model sits comfortably with the likes of OMD and John Foxx-era Ultravox, with a little Talking Heads quirk thrown in for good measure. Without any further ado, here’s the information for this fantastic synth gem.
1. Goodbye 2. Stalk The Wild Animal 3. Kick Me In The Bed 4. Rhonda La Boo 5. I Am A Model 6. Summer Commuter 7. 50 Mile Radius 8. Ordinary Mood 9. Restaurant 10. Polyclimate Is Here
*download link removed. see comments for purchasing link*
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