Scottish born Thomas Leer gets the remaster treatment with Private Plane/International. Originally out on Oblique Records, this 1978 release is a post-punk gem with cosmic overtones. Includes a newsprint insert with never-before-seen photos and liner notes by Professor Keith R. Laws. Out on 12” vinyl from Dark Entries.
12" £14.49 DE088LP
Remastered + expanded 12" on Dark Entries.
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What’s this then? A 12” repress of some super-rare punky electronic bedroom pop from Scottish cult musicker Thomas Leer? Yep, and there’s a newspaper cutout mockup inside that you can get all that from. The fact that bedroom electronics was being made in 1978 is surely enough to amaze. But the restrained, cool kraut drive of ‘Private Plane / International’ is difficult to reconcile with that time when punk reigned supreme and whimsical Brits were still singing about orbs and pixies.
It seems that, through the early discovery of electronic music by a band geez, Thomas Leer fast tracked into post-punk during its birth stage, impressing a fair few of his contemporaries with just a few bits of tape and a drum machine. Echoes of NEU! fill the space between his devil-may-care vocal lines, while dust inhabits all corners of the mix. The two early 80s additions on side B are also welcome, the grinding B1 going full kraut while Leer cleans things up a bit for the closer in a wonderful woozy 80s synth instrumental.
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