Archive for the instrumental Category

Alan Shearer- Mines De Son LP

Posted in 1980s, 1984, alan shearer, french, instrumental, synthpop on September 6, 2011 by Frankie Teardrop

Here we have the second LP from Alan Shearer, released in 1984. Generally, it follows the same vibe as his excellent debut release (uploaded here in case you missed it). All instrumental once again, with some surprisingly poppy moments mixed in as well. Definitely some stunners in the mix here. I can’t seem to get enough of “Snapshot” or “Internal Clock.” The final track even reminds me a bit of some earlier Depeche Mode moments.

Funnily enough, I agree with comments made in the last post regarding video game music, as quite a few of these tracks call the classic NES soundtracks to mind. As someone who used to hold primitive boomboxes up to the tv screen to tape various soundtracks, I mean that as a compliment!

Anyway, without any further ado, here’s the info for this LP:

Alan Shearer- Mines De Son LP
1. Siouxie Likes Me
2. Mines De Son
3. Air Transe Aller
4. Pace-Maker
5. Snapshot
6. Brasilian Music Box
7. Internal Clock
8. Touche Pas A Mon Joël
9. Air Transe Retour
10. Very Christmas
11. Andes 90
12. Week-End At Sea

*download it here*


Also, while I’ve got your attention, might I direct you here? New album coming on September 27th, preorders available now. Just CD and digital for now, perhaps vinyl if enough demand calls for it!

You can catch a video for the first single here.

Francis Martin- Modern Times LP

Posted in 1980s, 1984, alan shearer, francis martin, french, instrumental, minimal synth, new wave, synthpop on March 31, 2011 by Frankie Teardrop

Let’s keep it rolling, shall we? Here’s an LP from 1984, very very much in the same vein as Alan Shearer. In fact, there’s a little bet amongst us bloggers that this very well may be Shearer, operating under a pseudonym for a major label release. There’s no overwhelming evidence that proves this, but the synth and drum machine sounds are near identical, as is the style of the LP. However, this one comes from France, so who knows for sure?

All tracks are instrumental, with tons of great minimal synth grooves contained within. Definitely a real gem. Loving the cover on this one, which makes it seem like a classical record at first glance, but glad those tags are on the side to set the story straight!

Anyway, if anyone DOES know the story behind this one, I’d sure love to hear it!

Francis Martin- Modern Times LP
1. Step By Step
2. Tea Break
3. Swinging Pool
4. Sports & City I
5. Sports & City II
6. Techno Tribe
7. Black Zone
8. Cold March
9. Anywhere Beyond
10. Between Two World

*download it here*

Thierry Meyer- Paradoxe 7”

Posted in 1980s, 1981, french, instrumental, minimal synth, synth, synthpop on February 9, 2011 by Frankie Teardrop

For those not as jazzed about the previous guitar-driven posts, here’s something that should whet your appetite and offset the darkness a bit, courtesy of BX. I posted the a-side to this magnificent French minimal synth 7” on the first Systems of Romance compilation, and suffice to say, the b-side is of similarly high quality. Also an instrumental, but some great grooves here.

This 1981 single is Theirry Meyer’s only release, so not much more to tell about this one. Enjoy!

Thierry Meyer- Paradoxe 7”
1. Paradoxe
2. Trip

*download it here*

Alan Shearer- Dark Is the Color LP

Posted in 1980s, 1985, alan shearer, french, instrumental, synthpop on January 4, 2011 by Frankie Teardrop

Sorry for the onslaught of posts, folks! Got ants in the pants, I guess- lots of cool things I’m excited about posting in the new year. This one was just sent to me this morning by Mr. BX, and since I’ve been dying to hear it for some time, I figured some of you might be anxious to hear it as well.

Contained within we have the first LP from French musician Alan Shearer, released in 1985. I included the final track on this LP in the recent Systems of Romance compilation post, so some of you may already be familiar with this album’s general vibe. You can expect more of the same instrumental synth grooves here, some more melodic and ambient than others. Reminds me of a cross between Tangerine Dream and some of John Carpenter’s more dancefloor electronic tracks. Definitely an interesting listen!

Alan Shearer- Dark Is the Color LP
1. The Heart Patrol
2. Dark Is The Color
3. Generation V
4. Chronomaster
5. Nocturnal March
6. The Flea Age
7. Tropical Terminal
8. Only For One Girl
9. Blackstone
10. Down Town
11. Sons Of The Snake

*download it here*