There’s a nice backstory to how Stefano Leproto’s early-‘80s synth experimentations came to be issued by Castles In Space. Something about a car boot in Preston and the stallholder’s Italian grandfather. Dance & Mood Music 1981-1983 comes with an essay that tells the tale in detail, so we won’t spoil the surprise for you. Anyway, it appears that Leproto used to make library music for films that either were never released or never existed in the first place. While Sewer Baby, After The Flood and Black Pyramid may never see the light of day, Leproto’s John Carpenter-inspired themes for them are worthy of their own LP release.
Half and half orange/green vinyl LP on Castles In Space. Comes in deluxe packaging with insert. Edition of 300 copies.
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Looks like Castles In Space are really starting to make a name for themselves releasing new and archival music of a retro-synth nature. There's some kind of huge backstory here about this being found in a car boot sale in Preston which would be impressive if it weren't for the fact that Stefano Leproto is the alter ego of Stephen James Buckley who also records under the name Polypores and has been doing since that vintage year for synth 2014.
So what at first seems like some exotic dredge up is instead yet another modern day artist using old gear to try to sound like vintage synth music from the 1970s which does alter the dynamic a bit knowing what sort of advances in technicality have been made in the years since. You'd think technology would enable musicians to make vibrant new forward thinking music but instead there's a kind of retro-fetishism about that this record perfectly taps into.
It has to be said that his music as Stefano Leproto is a decent facsimile of old synth themes from the past and if you love your Ghost Box and associated labels it's going to be right up your alley - we're possibly reaching overkill of this stuff now but it still sells in droves so why not. Let's bring it on.
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