Being a real fan of the post punk explosion and all the fallout & musical schrapnel arising from that fertile era, I feel that one of the best discoveries from around that period is The Lines. A Lahndan 4 piece comprised of reserved, thoughtful types. After the frankly brilliant singles round up, they've now had both of their albums for Red records in the early 80's woven together into a free flowing behemoth opening with a trilogy firmly within the realms of atmospheric trippy punk funk, strong flecks of Liquid Liquid, Pop Group & ACR with slightly disembodied, flowing vocals that occasionally mirror Only Ones' Peter Perrett. Then 'Blow A Kiss' hits me in the throat with a tender, dreamy vocal over a wistful, searching bassline and tumbling tom toms, occasional embellishments like an electric harp/chime effect but so skeletal & arresting it really moves you. It's truly one of the loveliest indie songs, way before it's time, in fact timeless. 'Instincticide' is pretty damn cool, a little unhinged with a sound like embryonic New Order funking it up intensely at Notting Hill Carnival - with kazoos. It's a possesed tune, well hypnotic. Yes that good (better than it sounds, I swear). 'Bucket Brigade' is kind of military funk/new wave free jazz. Like Pop Group with early XTC meets Sun Ra. I make them sound really good don't I? Well they bloody are so if you want some vibrant, infectious & highly rhythmic early 80s guitar pop that truly has hardly dated, invest in this slightly deranged stew! I just picked out 3 tunes that segued nicely for me, but there's 16 tunes here for you to collapse into after a hard day's life. Excellent!! Floodbank is CD only!!
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