Michel Banabila is a busy musician, contributing to theatrical plays, documentaries and all sorts over the years. It can be hard to keep track of such an artist, which makes Early Works: Things Popping Up From The Past a valuable release. True to the title, it picks up an array of tasty, subtle and hard-to-find material from the 1980’s. Out on Bureau B.
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You honestly don’t want to work in our office. The rubbish.... the….tripe we have to listen to. I’ve just escaped from half an hour of someone going ‘oooooohhhhhhhh’ like its Halloween or something. Whilst playing the opening track of this compilation I unplugged my headphones letting the music burst out all over the office which led to Kim clinging onto me and pleading for me to take her with me into Michel Banabila's soothing sound world.
This a collection of early works by Banabila, he has previously done all sorts in his career including theatre. But don’t let that put you off as this collection has some moments that you’ll want to spend time visiting if you are a fan of Michael Nyman or Philip Glass. The opening ‘October’ could in fact come from any number of Woo LPs. Elsewhere we get off kilter piano compositions (‘Piano no 2’), Eno/Fripp-like instrumental scapes with wobbly guitar solos (‘A Sharper Silver Line’) and all manner of variations of oddball drones. Some of it’s disconcertingly angular and some is truly mesmeric, ‘The Call’ in particular runs Eno’s ‘Another Green World’ fairly close in faded '70s nostalgia synth.
A delightful collection, your ears will thank you for it.
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