Late 1970's avant garde trio Karen Novotny comprised Hackney-based Anna Bloom, Cy Levene and Niko Nicolotti. Composed in a series of East London squats on a collection of borrowed electronic instruments, this quirky playable postcard is a snapshot of the collective's short-lived career. Will appeal to fans of Krautrock and Suicide, as well as weirder industrial stuff such as Throbbing Gristle.
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Playable postcards; an irritating novelty or a valid musical medium? When a record comes with a note on the sleeve saying that "playback quality is not at the optimum levels enjoyed on other Deep Distance product" and pointing you towards bandcamp for a better listen, it strikes me more as a fetishistic collector thing than a particularly good way of getting your music out there.
That said, this postcard does look really cool and contains exactly three minutes of music from culty late '70s Hackney experimentalists Karen Novotny X, and the big plus side is that it's actually a really cool track. Softly throbbing, slightly phased drum machines drift along while layers of quivering synth drones and meandering but warm melodies bumble along exuding steady, calming energy. Genuinely lovely early ambient cosmic/new age synth type stuff, and just think, for the bargain price of £3.89 you can listen to it in slightly lower quality than online. Don't pretend you're not tempted.
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