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Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Monochrome Vision mv38
Release Year: 2011
Note: MONOCHROME VISION, the label of Moscow-based writer & concert organizer DMITRY VASILYEV, manages it to put light on almost forgotten and true undergroundish acts from the cassette-scene of the 80s and 90s; MYSTERY HEARSAY from Memphis created old school post-industrial with the typical hometaping aesthetics from that time; this CD contains re-mastered material from two tapes from 1986
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"Mystery Hearsay is one of the long time running projects by Mike Honeycutt, who was active in the mid 80s with the label of the same title, releasing tapes with experimental music by We Be Echo, Mental Anguish, Andrew Lagowski and legendary "Total Recess" compilation series. Based in Memphis, he had also distribution catalog and was doing radioshow as DJ Mystery Mike. Another projects includes Mystery X (audio visual collaboration with Bob X), LARB (with Zan Hoffman), Mystery Iguana (with Suedo/Videospeak) and, more recently, Kuwahara (with M.Peck) with the album released by Mike's new label Waiting World Records, as a part of "Cultivation Series" featuring WILT, Steve Brand and Mannequin Hollowcaust amongst others. Heading back to Mystery Hearsay, there is a dozen of tapes released between 1985 and 1990 on Midas Tapes, Sound of Pig, SSS Productions, audiofile Tapes, Acton (to name a few), followed by CDR/MP3 albums re-discovered by Zeromoon netlabel in 2004. The music is synth/guitar based old school post-industrial, the classics of hometaping aesthetics, psychedelic noise trips with some rhythmic parts and fuzzy vocals. This is the first proper CD album including the remastered tracks from "Flesh Tomb" tape, and from "Unifur" tape originally released as LARB album back in 1986." [label info]


"....This CD, in fact a re-issue of a tape release called 'Flesh Tomb' plus bonus material from a net release from 2007 (which is which is not clear from the cover). Without wanting to say much about the quality of the music, the quality of the recording is of an entirely nature than the Factor X one, i.e. something that seems at least more professional. One of those typical mid-80s things was the arrival of what was called 'ambient industrial': music that was too loud to fully downright ambient, but also not loud enough to be classified as industrial. Hence ambient industrial and that's exactly the field of Mystery Hearsay's music. Lots of guitar/synth manipulations, along with percussive, metallic sounds and tons of sound effects to manipulate them. Like with a lot of these 80s things its not the composition that counts but the mood created, so it sometimes gets off the rails and takes a bit too much time to be fully interesting. But this is another great reminder of the young FdW at home listening to tapes, and one who fully forgot that Mystery Hearsay was actually a great band. Long forgotten, but thankfully resurrected." [FdW/Vital Weekly]