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Killing Time was the only release by Cambridge based band Massacre, before they disbanded for nearly 20 years. It is a sweet sounding mix of avant-rock and jazz that has been reissued by Spittle onto a three-sided 2LP. Killing Time was part live recorded in Paris so get you some real as-it-happened energy in you. It is available on Vinyl Double LP.
Some eerie sounds from A.T.R.O.X. The Night's Remains is the Italian bands debut back from '82 and its getting the repress just for you lot. It's full of sinister synthesisers, unfaltering yet weirdly human drum machines and the spookiest production since sliced bread. Think Kraftwerk and John Carpenter on a come down in Italy -- got it? Out on vinyl LP from Spittle.
A.T.R.O.X. were one of the first bands to sack off New Wave and get down with the electronics. This album, Water Tales, was released way back in 1984 on Contempo - a concept album about the sea. Back on vinyl after thirty years on Spittle. Influenced by Brian Eno and David Byrne but with definite Italian elements.
Back in the early '80s, a record called 'Milano New Wave' came out, documenting the wonders and innovations put forward by a whole scene of unexpected acts in Milan. Since then, it's only become more expansive, the term "New Wave" loosening in the spirit of this new, anachronistic era of music -- this sequel, 'Milano New Wave 2014', shows off acts who weave psychedelia and Italo into their sound, while retaining the aesthetic that made this scene so vital in the first place.
Interesting, lesser-known Italian band Eazycon are quite rightly compiled for Fear And Pleasure - Retrospective 1980-1989,. Delighted and surprised to see that a version of Art Ensemble of Chicago’s ‘Noonah’ is here alongside Eazycon’s sometimes art-rocky, sometimes sitar-tinged sound. Variety is always welcome.