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- Ike Yard by Ike Yard
9/10 Ant Staff review, 20 September 2012
This one has been a long time coming! Originally released in 1982 on the US branch of Factory Records. It was the only release on the label and the only LP by the band up until follow up ‘Nord’ appeared last year. Quite a gap that! The record is self titled but is often referred to as ‘A Fact A Second’ due to the text that adorns the sleeve.
Ike Yard hail from New York - their debut is highly regarded and it’s clear to hear why. It’s pretty amazing to consider this has been unavailable for thirty years, so I don’t expect this reissue of a measly 300 copies for the first press will hang around for too long.
It traverses post-punk, electronic minimalism with some elements of dark / cold wave. Just six tracks and thirty five minutes in duration but it’s really all you need. Although of its time some elements sound remarkably contemporary when you take into account what artists like Powell and Raime are up to, and even some dark sci-fi electro types.
There’s an intriguing sense of paranoia to the tracks, particularly ‘Cherish 8’. Also there’s a large emphasis on the percussion and although it’s skeletal and sparse it’s a key element to the sound over which gloomy vocals mutter and analogue synths warp. There are some class deep dubby post-punk basslines on offer too. Another standout is ‘NCR’ which comes across like Suicide on some hefty downers. A cracking album that will no doubt please old-skool heads that have been hunting for a copy as well as introducing a new generation to some highly influential sounds. Oh and look out for the remix 12” featuring none other than Regis and Monoton!!!
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