Various Artists - Musique Ambiante Francaise Vol. 2, 2x Vinyl LP
Factory Sealed (New)
The first collaborative album by electronic music pioneer Dieter Moebius and bassist Gerd Beerbohm, Strange Music originally surfaced in 1982. Recordings like 'Subito' and 'Glucose' seem to have as much to do with the rough-cut, primitive pop of the post-punk and new-wave scene as much as they do experimental electronics, yet this sort of impulsive DIY simplicity is counterbalanced by surreal and adventurous exercises such as 'White House', which toys with spiralling synth formations and radically warped vocal signals. A track like 'Clarks Shiraz' sounds incredibly modern in character - it could easily have been lifted from some particularly far-out underground emission from the likes of Daniel Lopatin or other such forward-thinking synth-wielders, but for all its prescience this record is equally aware of what's been going on in other fields of music, both past and present: something like '883' curiously combines influences from sprawling jazz and the rhythms of Jamaican dub records.