Stencil by Boche was available on Vinyl LP but is now sold out on all formats, sorry.
Vinyl LP £17.99 WB009 LP
LP on Wasser Bassin. Includes Boche logo laser cut stencil. Edition of 200 copies.
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- Stencil by Boche
Previous to ‘Stencil’ I’d never even heard of artist Hans Ludwig Jacoby before, but I was instantly attracted to this record upon reading these words:
“Boche was mainly active as a recording musician from the mid-1980s until 1991. His early experiments were based on drum machine, shortwave radio and a Roland Space Echo, recorded to simple cassette tape. He also used a small zither that he played with a metal plate-turned-plectrum that previously had been put into his leg after an accident. Influences count Industrial bands like Throbbing Gristle, S.P.K. and vivid signals of Cold War spy radio traffic..”.
Thankfully this LP has lived up to my expectations. The only previous Boche output was a cassette in 1991 on Marc Behrens Animal Art label - a couple of tracks from that tape are included here and Behrens has also restored and mastered the tracks on this collection. Then more recently (2015) a CD appeared on Entr'acte and now credit is due to Wasser Bassin for unearthing and compiling ‘Stencil’.
What we have are nine tracks of second wave industrial/ proto-techno sludge and menacing dark ambient. Opener ‘C-Tape A05’ kicks things off with primitive drum machine and processed vocals - it’s a cold, alienated, detached sound and yet also kinda funky. ‘Cues And 12s A03’ sounds brilliantly futuristic, like some sort of half organic/ half machine cyborg type creature communicating in an advanced language. ‘C-Tape B09’ is like scanning through shortwave radio over rudimentary mechanical beats, the rhythm overlapping into the liquid squelching of ‘D-Tape A06’. The functional and aptly titled ‘Ambient Ambiguity’ and ‘3 Ambient Pieces II B’ are both throbbing low end menacing, darkside, dystopian drone tracks.
It’s taken some 25 years for Boche vinyl to appear and in the current climate of increased interest in industrial music the timing is just right. This is authentic stuff - the real deal and highly recommended if you dig modern practitioners like Thought Broadcast and Exoteric Continent. Edition of 200 copies with Boche logo laser-cut stencil.
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