Pretty much the album which started the sound that is still influencing 77% of the music that comes through our doors. Oscillating synths, proto-kraut rhythms and repetitive grooves that were about a million years ahead of their time and surely influenced everyone from Can to Stereolab to pretty much everyone who has stabbed at a syntheziser. Brilliant stuff and utterly essential vinyl re-issue.
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The album that started everything, You know those wobbly synth sounds you like? Or that scattershot Jaki Liebezeit rhythms? Or the kind of vintage pop Broadcast made semi-popular? Yup it all started here.
Take one long-hair with an oscillator and one brilliant drummer, put them in a room and let them jam and you end up with the future of music. It’s still hard to accept that ‘Oscillations’ was made in 1969, those bleeps and bloops have been re-cycled by every electronic psych band you could ever think of Kraftwerk included. There’s an oddball folkiness to some tracks, 'Seagreen Serenades' has a sing-song melody and a recorder solo - the marriage of the traditional melodies and the futuristic blooping are quite a joy to behold. When I first heard Silver Apples I found them fascinating if but since every electronic pop dreamer on the planet has pilfered their sound they seem to sound more futuristic than ever.
The album is catchy, weird, kind of scary, heartfelt. It sounds like a pylon singing folk songs accompanied by the worlds best drummer. It’s also discordant, challenging, chaotic and disturbing. A piece of electronic music history that just seems to gather more and more influence as the years go by. Essential purchase.
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