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An early milestone in electronic pop!,
This review is from: Electric Storm (Audio CD)
Very few people know of this album...and personally, I am DAMNED amazed to find that it's been reissued on CD! This is one of the true obscure delights from the very earliest days of electronic rock, back when Tangerine Dream was still using things like contact-miked adding machines and such. But this never led in the directions that TD et al did. David Vorhaus is the main culprit here, an American-born wizard of electronic sound who emigrated to the UK to avoid Vietnam. Teaming with some vets from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (the place that gave the world the "Dr. Who" theme, for one), Vorhaus crafted this masterwork in the classic e-music methods; lots of tape and musique concrete work is in evidence here, along with some very interesting and often twisted early synth work and massive reprocessing of percussion and other sounds. There's often a really creepy feel that gets into the mix here, especially on the latter two very dark tracks, and much of this seems to be the antecedent for a lot of what would follow within a decade in industrial music in England and elsewhere. Vorhaus's use of tape layering and his choice of sound-sources sometimes precurses such industrialists as the Hafler Trio, Sleep Chamber, or John Duncan, and the title track is a treated percussion + electronics assault that ranks up there with the best of SPK's early efforts. But it's not all dark and evil, as "Here Come the Fleas" and "Firebird" definitely serve to lighten the mood. No telling how long this will be available, so if you find the roots of industrial, techno, electronic pop, etc etc etc to be a matter of interest to you, you should grab a copy of this immediately. It's both entertaining _and_ educational!