Archive for February, 2013

Opera Multi Steel- Regret Qui S’Ecaille K7

Posted in 1980s, 1987, coldwave, french, minimal, minimal synth, opera multi steel on February 24, 2013 by Frankie Teardrop

While Opera Multi Steel are one of my favorite bands, I’ve never had the chance to feature them here, as most of their material has been reissued or posted elsewhere.  However, I realized this particular cassette in 1987 hasn’t been ripped in the past, and aside from two tracks, does not appear on the otherwise excellent K7 Archives collection issued by Vinyl on Demand in 2008.

For those unfamiliar with Opera Multi Steel, the band was founded in 1983 in Bourges, France.  Brothers Franck and Patrick Lopez joined Catherine Marie for their first 12” and debut LP, both essentials in the French coldwave/minimal synth scene.  They were one of the more prolific bands of the genre, and have released top shelf music constantly without splitting up or reuniting.    Two further members would join the band in 1987 and 1988 respectively, just after this tape was released.  You can read a more detailed biography here.

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Opera Multi Steel ‎– Regret Qui S’Ecaille K7
1. Regret Qui S’Ecaille
2. General Hospital
3. Désir Plaisir Après Tristesse
4. Lady Du Sentier De Loosy
5. Messager Monotone
6. Poisson D’Argent
7. Mon Permis De Conduire
8. Mawata

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A Love Sound- I Need 12”

Posted in 1980s, 1984, a love sound, Contempo Records, italian, minimal, minimal synth, synth on February 12, 2013 by Frankie Teardrop

Incredible Italian minimal synth from 1984, released on the always excellent Contempo Records (Death In Venice, Venus In Furs, Diaframma, Voices, as well as various 4AD distro in Italy). 

Tracks 1 and 3 are the standouts for me here, the first being a club friendly slice of synth perfection, and “The Kind” being the epic masterpiece on this 12”, complete with an arpeggiated 808 solo, the first I’ve heard in this style for sure.  The other two tracks toss in some acoustic guitar with the electronics, and while they’re not as strong overall, they do a fine job of rounding out this excellent 12”.  While it’s not a musical touchstone, the singer reminds me a bit of Peter Murphy atimes- less so the deep croon and more snide and biting. Seems like the band was very into the synth scene at the time, and listed all the gear used to make the record on the back sleeve.  Some very iconic gear there! 

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A Love Sound- I Need 12”
1. I Need
2. Sickness
3. The Kind
4. Pale Jade Eyes

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If you dug this one, stay tuned for a few Italian donations over the next few weeks!

Fauli- Jugend Unsinn K7

Posted in 1980s, 1982, Daily Fauli, denmark, experimental, minimal, minimal synth, Søren Fauli on February 5, 2013 by Frankie Teardrop

Good news for fans of Daily Fauli’s scarce Fauli Til Dauli LP, previously posted in 2009.  Word on the street is that the long sought after LP will receive the reissue treatment via Minimal Wave, due out later this year.  Even better news, today’s post is related, and features Søren Fauli’s first cassette release, a generous donation from a reader that left me stunned, as I had no idea there was another release, let alone one that predates the LP by a year!

11 tracks of unabashed minimal synth with a slightly punk edge- a tape that should please fans of the rare, DIY aesthetic.  The cassette sleeve doesn’t come with a tracklisting, though I’m told the first track goes by the name “Slow.”  If anyone knows the proper names for these tracks, feel free to chime in here.  Otherwise, enjoy this immensely rare piece of Danish minimal synth, and stay tuned for that reissue!

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Fauli- Jugend Unsinn K7
A1-6
B1-5

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