It was first released on cassette in 1982. It was mixed on 8-track in a shed. It has vintage Who cybermen on the cover and, indeed, contains many sci-fi references within the music itself. Yes, this is Space Museum by Solid Space, a post-punkish electropop masterpiece reissued after 35 years of relative obscurity. Acoustic strums rattle around cloudy synths, snappy drum machines and echoed vox. Now it can be added to your personal LP museum.
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While we wait for the day Dark Entries re-issue 'Darkness' by my early 80s synth pop duo Double Image we get more revamps of lost recordings from the midsts of time. Admittedly Double Image split up when I was 10 but Solid Space carried on until they were the ripe old age of 18 producing an inventive blend of taut post punk and primitive electronics.
Many of these tracks have the spindly blend of atmospheric guitar lines, Woolworth's sourced synthesizer and coal-fired drum machine that featured on lots of the underground music from the era. There are nods to early the Cure, Cabaret Voltaire and Young Marble Giants in these black and white photostats but there's plenty of ideas flowing around. 'Spectrum is Green' is just superb and with it's strummed guitar lines and catchy chorus it's not too far away from the insidious pop of Cleaners From Venus whilst 'New Statue' has the sort of 'funky' guitars and spoken word vocals that appeared in the music of any self respecting bedroom pop band who had once heard A Certain Ratio.
It just goes to show that shorn of the internet and technology when people had to make their own entertainment they created great swathes of inventive music. Fans of the Gist, Young Marble Giants and early Human League need to give this a spin.
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