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BATES, MARTYN - American Dissonance

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Beta-Lactam Ring Records mt197lp
Release Year: 2007
Note: lim. vinyl-version, only 150 copies! (220 gr vinyl)
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €20.00


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Edel Vinyl-Edition der amerikanischen Wiederauflage des quasi ersten MARTYIN BATES Tapes DISSONANCE von 1981, zu der wir bemerkten: "Vllig verschieden von dem spteren Songwriting, stehen diese Sounds noch voll in der Sptsiebziger Post-Punk und Industrial-Tradition, mit rauhem low-fi Noise und Instrumental-Sounds (v.a. Gitarre & Synths), Gesangexperimenten, etc.. aber auch schon ruhigere folkige Elemente die an den spteren MARTYN BATES erinnern, mit seiner typischen Delay-Orgel und gezupfter Gitarre, sind vorhanden... "

"The more definitive American version was released as a cassette ASR 009 in the US in 1981 and dropped the Migraine Inducers moniker and the "Antagonistic Music" title extension. It was now referred to as Martyn Bates' "Dissonance" and released in an edition of 100 cassette copies and became known as "Dissonance Americas"." [discogs info]

"Edition of 150 copies on 220 gram vinyl. Freed from layers of sand, the ancient seal is cracked and the stone portal pried away. A hoary blizzard of slowly settling dust and mold is finally sliced by the first tantalizing glint of a mythological cache. At long last a lost experimental classic from the earliest days of the UK DIY movement is delivered from legendary obscurity. "Violent anti-music: I think this is a brilliant tape...hauntingly beautiful and totally refreshing sound." So wrote Geoff Rushton (aka Jhon Balance) in a 1980 issue his Stabmental magazine about Martyn Bates' "Dissonance" cassette. Originally released as a micro-edition in the UK in 1979, the more definitive American version was released as a cassette in the US shortly afterwards. "Dissonance" presaged Martyns solo career and his work as part of Eyeless In Gaza in a most unusual way. Rather than directly suggesting what was to come, the cassette, instead, suggested a composing and sound AESTHETIC that exists to this day. That first cassette-only cri-de-coeur would have you believe that Martyn would be the next Nurse With Wound. Instead, rather like a more extreme Vice Versa or Human League, with Bates literally finding his voice, the later music (solo and with Eyeless In Gaza) evolved into a textural, fractured, DIY chamber pop INFORMED by the avant-garde, occasionally straying back into outright experimentalism (Pale Hands I Loved So Well, eg.). That Eyeless In Gaza (and lets not forget Peter Becker) and post 70s Martyn Bates manifested from "Dissonance" makes this bizarre and essential release even more of a precious find. If Martyn had not recorded another note, this would still stand as an extremely important early, incredibly forward thinking moment of sonic exploration. Dynamic, visceral and jagged but musical and deliberately constructed, "Dissonance" captures, maybe even defines the zeitgeist of the DIY attitude that was rising in the heady days of the late 70s and early 80s. An undeniable antecedent and a true revolution." [label info]




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