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- DD25 / Limited 2LP on Deep Distance. Includes bonus tracks not included on original 1981 cassette release. Edition of 400 copies
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- The Scythe by Colin Potter
9/10 Ant Staff review, 21 April 2016
Originally issued in 1981 on cassette; ‘The Scythe’ was Colin Potter’s fifth album. Part of an incredible run of albums spanning 1980-1982 (recently reissued on cassette by the man himself on his ICR label). Deep Distance have done a public service pressing this up on vinyl, cuz like, you know, not everyone has a tape player and half of the people that buy vinyl records actually play them.
So imagine if John Foxx had joined Chrome in their prime and that gives you a slight approximation of the deranged post-punk alien synth pop that’s on offer here. Listening in retrospect it sounds crude, primitive and of its time - which to me really is part of the joy -- capturing a moment in time when underground UK electronic pop music was emerging from post-punk (e.g early Human League/ The Future) but with one foot in the avant-garde.
There’s some fantastic songwriting and downright catchy tunes, brilliantly over the top electric guitar and so on. This must have sounded truly remarkable at the time, and still does. Potter's deadpan vocal delivery is superb, occasionally reminding me of Television Personalities Dan Treacy through a network of f/x.
The icing on the cake is that this e x p a n d e d vinyl edition includes bonus material in the form of alternate versions demos and out-takes. Highly recommended.
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