Aerial FX ‎– Same River Twice

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VOX3CD Aerial FX Same River Twice(CD, Comp, Ltd, Dig) Other Voices Records VOX3CD Russia 2010 Sell This Version
VOX3CD Aerial FX Same River Twice(12xFile, MP3) Other Voices Records VOX3CD Russia 2010

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November 27, 2010
referencing Same River Twice, CD, Comp, Ltd, Dig, VOX3CD
AERIAL FX was founded in Oxford, UK, in 1980 by Andy Melton (bass), Bryan Edge
(keyboards, backing vocals), Chris Hufford (vocals, rhythm guitar, later aka as producer
and manager of Radiohead), Richard Hart (lead guitar) and Simon Bladon (drums), and
arose from the ashes of their earlier efforts as Exit 13. Already in 1980 they released
their first single “So hard” (Square Records, SQS 3) followed by the ”Take it from here/
Somewhere“ 7” in 1981 (Island Records, WIP 6698). Finally, in 1982 they released their
third and last single “Instant Feelings/5.15” (Kamera Records, ERA 012) to accompany
the debut album “Watching the Dance” (Kamera Records, KAM 008), a true masterpiece
of melancholic post punk/new wave, including wonderful tracks such as “Out of the
Window”, “Hold me”, “Instant Feelings” and “Where is tomorrow”. In mid 1983 they
signed to another huge major label and thus unfortunately to their own burial, so that they
eventually disbanded in 1986. “Same Rive twice” was compiled by Chris Hufford himself
and comprises 12 previously unreleased tracks and demos from 1980, and 1984, respectively.
Interesting how some tracks did develop before they went onto the “Watching the Dance”
album, e.g. “Who is down there” which turned from a pretty good upbeat new wave track
into a short experimental all-synth ballad. From the album, also the aforementioned “Out of
the Window”, “Hold me” and “Where is tomorrow” are included in their rougher, but not
necessarily less good demo versions. Musically there lots reminiscences to country mates
A Flock Of Seagulls, e.g. check out “April 5th” and the wonderful “I see Changes”, the
Norwegian Viva!, and as others mentioned in their reviews: The Danse Society, Wire, or
Necropolis Of Love. Definitely wanting us to demand another CD from Other Voices with the
vinyl output compiled.