Fra Lippo Lippi. Now there’s a name from the past. The gloomy Norwegians were severely in debt to Joy Division and the Cure producing a brand of edgy and atmospheric post punk that probably soundtracked 1981 pretty nicely indeed. Interesting fact: guitarist Rune Kristoffersen went on to run experimental Norwegian label Rune Grammofon.
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I had no idea that Rune Kristoffersen guitarist from gloomy Norwegian post punkers went on to run Rune Grammofon. Well there you go. The music of his former bears absolutely no resemblance to the weird jazz/electronics he puts out now other than it is rather good.
Indeed Fra Lippo Lippi seem both of their time and ahead of it. Opener 'Out of the Ruins' is a brilliantly percussive take on the taut, angular post punk made at the time by the likes of Joy Division and the Cure. Vocals are kept almost inaudibly low whilst the main hooks of the song seem to come from how the guitar and drum rhythms combine. 'A Moment Like This' is perfect eerie and spindly post punk. If you liked later Joy Division efforts like 'These days' you have come to the right place. It's spectrally atmospheric but crucially remembers to include the sort of descending hook that made the Cure's 'A Forest' such a treat.
Long before post rock was invented these guys were toying with stretched-out compositions such as 'Recession' and the remarkable 'The Inside Veil' that use twisted guitars and Peter Hook like bass lines amongst electronic percussion to create vast swathes of ice cold atmosphere. Very impressive and rather chilling.
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