Dennis Young is part of Liquid Liquid, meaning that his place in the electronic musician's history books is already assured (they provided the backbone to Grandmaster Flash’s ‘White Lines’). But as a solo artist he also embarked his own shimmering electronic explorations, first released as cassettes in the 80’s and now reissued here as Wave: Electronic Music, thanks to Bureau B!
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 11 May 2016
It’s the 80s. Synths are cheap, home recording has just been marketed to the populace, everyone wants to be a rock star. Dennis Young is there, collecting synths and banging marimbas, though you won’t find much of the latter here. Strictly ‘private press’ electronic cassette business here.
Wave is a collection of things the Young recorded after his band, Liquid Liquid, tailed off during the mid 80s. They’ll make a reappearance later, to provide a sample for one hip hop lord, but til that paycheck clears, he’s sitting in his bedroom with the Tascam rolling, jamming out some loopy, cyclic electronic synth music. He likes them bright and quite tonal, more new-wave than no-wave in his synth use. It’s reminiscent of Tangerine Dream, just not as dark or as epic but all the more repetitive and loosely structured. It’s like he sets up a looping phrase or two, then overlays a couple of meandering synth lines in free-form fashion to provide the seasoning.
Alas, it’s nothing overly special and is unashamedly new age and spiritual, but the rough edges and inexactness will attract those synth die-hards that like their Moog with a dash of lysergic.
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