Sunday, May 20, 2007

LEVEN SIGNS-HEMP IS HERE, LP, 1985, UK




Though this brilliantly anomalous post punk pump organ madrigal gamelan snake charmer mini-masterpiece has passing affinities with the mutant-pop-into-post-punk tendency that emerged out of the British R.I.O. scene of the late 70's/early 80's (Unrest, Work and Play, Red Balune, Lowest Note On The Organ, Officer! et.al.), the way the musical constructs of Peter Karkut (who creates all the sounds here) rub up against the beautifully detached vocals of Maggi Turner creates a musical tension uniquely their own. Pity they went and slapped a title on it more apropos for a High Times festival reggae cover band, as Leven Signs' art attack is anything but the hackysack-playing soundtrack conjured by the words "Hemp Is Here".

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

brilliant amazing stuff. complex while completely natural and fluid. beauty.
thanks.

Dev said...

Great record, thanks for posting it - but who is Officer! ?
You mentioned them among my favorite bands but I can't find any info on them...

t e p said...

Mmmh seems it's duuuwn

what a pity

Moon Ra said...

Awesome !!

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