LACRYMOSA (CHIHIRO S.)-S/T EP, 1985, JAPAN
Way back in May of '07, Jim posted another of Lacrymosa leader Chihiro S.'s projects in the form of Golden Avant Garde. Lacrymosa was however Chihiro S.'s primary concern and their gorgeously wrought take on the chamber rock canon evidenced on this single is a real corker, all finespun detail and tactile muscularity and with a tone and attack that most closely recalls Univers Zero leader Daniel Denis' first two solo outings.
LAST FOUR (4) DIGITS-BIG PICTURE, EP, 1980, USA
Really fab shambolic synthy post punk blurt from this Indiana crew with an approach that sounds informed by the early era of their Indiana contemporaries in MX-80 Sound.
THOMAS LEER-PRIVATE PLANE/INTERNATIONAL, 1978, UK
A truly legendary piece of the minimal synth puzzle, this privately issued initial salvo from synth pop pioneer Thomas Leer precedes his collabs with Robert Rental and more well known recordings for Industrial and Cherry Red. Both of these cuts are real low key charmers, displaying much of the savvy he'd carry forward on his later classics but in a more rough and direct D.I.Y. fashion.
LEGS AKIMBO!-S/T, 1980, UK
Engagingly ramshackle and sunshine-y, the work of this British character evokes a sort of threadbare spin on the sound of Kevin Ayers when he's in a calypso mood and the slippery charms of countrymates Woo at their most song structured, though its wiles are slighter and its reach less ambitious than either of those.
THE LEO BUGARILOVES-ABSOLUUTTINEN MIES/LOTINAPELTO REVISITED, 1992, FINLAND
Confounding and fabulous Finnish outsider moves from this curiously monikered ensemble, with Felix Kubin cum Aaviko-like kitsch keyboard kookiness providing the template upon which much Scandinavian grunt and gibber transpires.
THE LEO BUGARILOVES-ABSINTINJUOJA/ELAMALTA KIITOS, 1993, FINLAND
Very much the same story as the above.
HECTOR LEUCK/JAC BERROCAL/KRISTA-LILI TRACES/PLAISIR LOQUES, 1985, FRANCE
A collaborative set of cover versions undertaken by legendary French experimental musician/trumpeter/gadfly Jac Berrocal and Belgian author Hector Leuck, with vocals courtesy of one Krista and both sides ironically reducing said songs to comically dejected sounding limps and lurches.
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