Reissue of Modern Art's New Wave/ experimental synth-pop gem 'Stereoland'. Originally issued back in 1987 on core member Gary Ramon's (Disintegrators, Mystery Plane, Sun Dial etc.) own on Color Disc imprint in an edition of 250 copies with hand-printed sleeves. Now long out of print and highly sought after - You'd have to part with £80.00 for an OG copy.
The ten tracks that comprise the LP were recorded during the Winter of 1986-1987 at Ramon's home using a Fostex cassette machine which perfectly captures the spirit of the Ramon's tunes.
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This is truly ace. It's the early '80s project of Gary Ramon who went onto be better known for his long running psych/space rock project Sun Dial. Here he makes the kind of thing that sounds like some kind of proto Sarah Records recordings full of spangling guitars, melodic bass lines and simple drum machines. On 'The Great Exit' he makes the kind of magnificently plangent jangle pop perfected elsewhere by the likes of the Cleaners from Venus. The fact that Ramon applies a flange pedal over the entire thing just increases the feeling of a lost 80s artefact.
It's weird how things come round as this sounds incredibly similar to a lot of the stuff on the first American Wrestlers LP- saturated indie pop recorded on a 4 track with the levels regularly hitting red. Ramon doesn't always quite have the songwriting nous to compare with the best practitioners of this type of stuff from the era but this is a confident and tuneful stab at indie stardom. It's just unfathomable that Sarah or Creation didn't pick this up at the time.
Essential unearthed indie pop. I want one.
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