Cremator (4) ‎– Alpha Ralpha Boulevard

Field Hymns ‎– FH034
Cassette, Album, Limited Edition


A1 Alpha Ralpha Boulevard
B1 Catmaster



Limited edition of 100 copies


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July 20, 2013
edited over 4 years ago
British electronic project by Matt Thompson, who had been involved in groups like Guapo, Rashomon, and Zoltan. It's perhaps a bit strange that this 2013 release, Alpha Ralpha Boulevard, should end up on cassette released by a tiny label based out of Portland, Oregon, which is strange for a British artist to have a release on a Portland label, rather than a UK label (or at least a more high-profile label if outside the UK). What you get is retro-progressive electronic music. You might think this is another one of those Berlin School-type electronic recordings, much like Radio Massacre International, Free System Projekt, or the likes, and while there's an influence from said school, it's not an imitation, and Matt Thompson really has a sound all his own. I'm not sure of all the gear he uses here, although I do notice some Solina String Ensemble, and even a little Mellotron, which he borrowed from his brother Andy Thompson (Andy runs the Planet Mellotron website, and had been involved in groups like Litmus and Zoltan). I wished Matt used the Mellotron more, but he didn't (it's his brother's, and he should have used it more). The rest I can't identify, but they appear to be of late '70s vintage. The music does have that late '70s thing going on. This is really begging to be discovered by electronic music aficionados, unfortunately a limited edition cassette of just 100 really doesn't do it justice, but a pressing in much bigger quantities, perhaps on CD, although even if the cassette sold out, I'm certain you can download it from Field Hymns, so you don't miss out. This is electronic music as I like it. He doesn't imitate Tangerine Dream or Klaus Schulze, nor Jean Michel Jarre, but does it in his own style, so make it hard to make comparisons, but it's firmly in the '70s style of progressive electronic. Plus it's short, so it never overstays its welcome, which is more than I can say about Radio Massacre International on an off-day. Great stuff I highly recommend!