Maybe the namesake to the Radiohead song, 2+2=5 is the seminal Italian cold/post-proto-electro-wave band. Their debut record ...Into the Future, spawning from a rich history of Italian futurism, has no finally been made available once again - on 160 gram vinyl. There’s only 500 copies so don’t hesitate about being retro!
LP £16.99 MNQ 058
Ltd 1984 Italian Cold Wave reissue LP on Mannequin. Edition of 500 copies inc. replica booklet.
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Synths to the left of me, synths to the right, synths in front and synths behind. I feel like Viv Savage.
Aaanyway this is a terrifying Italian coldwave re-issue from back in 1984. It’s perfectly in tune with the times -- actually I’d have said it was from a bit earlier, though it must have taken a while for the sounds of Cabaret Voltaire to seep into Italy. The opening tracks matches fizzing synths with Cure-like guitar atmospherics and a useless drum machine before speeding up for no apparent reason. ‘Alternative 2’ sounds rather like Young Marble Giants with funky bass and slashing Gang of Four styled guitars. ‘K S and V’ is kind of like a pitched down Marlene Dietrich singing over some early Human League. Hopefully you know the score by now. It’s an incredible relic of what people were up to back in those days with some post punk guitars and synths bought from the Italian equivalent of Woolworths.
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