Leven Signs ‎– Hemp Is Here

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Ericat 006 Leven Signs Hemp Is Here(LP) Cordelia Records Ericat 006 UK 1985 Sell This Version
URT 90 Leven Signs Hemp Is Here(Cass, Dol) Unlikely Records URT 90 UK 1985 Sell This Version
DIGIV050 Leven Signs Hemp Is Here(10xFile, MP3, Album, RE, 320) Digitalis Recordings DIGIV050 US 2013
DIGIV050 Leven Signs Hemp Is Here(LP, Album, RE, RM) Digitalis Recordings DIGIV050 US 2013 Sell This Version
DIGIV050 Leven Signs Hemp Is Here(LP, Album, RE, RM, Gre) Digitalis Recordings DIGIV050 US 2013 Sell This Version

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Bradx

February 21, 2015
referencing Hemp Is Here, LP, Album, RE, RM, Gre, DIGIV050

Credit for re-releasing this lost piece of the '80s avant jigsaw puzzle. And kudos too for putting it in a better looking sleeve. The original Cordelia design was very much in their own house style... but didn't fit this album particularly imo.
As the review below by Mrcymbalic says (far more eloquently than me)... this is a varied album of meandering rhythms and textures that's very hard to place musically - but it all works and it's all great.
The best type of experimental music (to me) always leaves room for the feelings and emotions of the listener.... ie the door of accessibility mus be left ajar, even if only a millimetre. This album lets in a lot of light though - whilst remaining truly avant garde pop. The other thing is - it's not self-indulgent in the slightest - another great asset to experimental music.
MRCymbalic

MRCymbalic

February 26, 2013
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Hemp Is Here, LP, Album, RE, RM, Gre, DIGIV050

I’m not sure how this happened or why it happened. But it did. And it’s fantastic.
Brad Rose is officially the coolest person on the planet. Anyone with enough energy and resourcefulness to unearth this unique piece of experimental music history (nearly lost to obscurity) and add it to his own roster of recordings is indeed truly deserving of this title.
Not only does this freshly remastered reissue secure itself an easy fit inside Digitalis’ prior offerings but it also gives out a universal secret; music has always sounded this way. As of 1985, the pure intent and rendering of this musical achievement by a band (and album) here and gone before true recognition was allowed, is given new light in the 21st century with an ability to shine in all its obscure truths and glorious faults.
New ears falling on this sound will be surprised to experience a diverse jam of watery avant-garde rock with a slew of global charm interpreted by addictive beats and hearty prose to keep each listener intrigued. Poly-genre instrumentals with vague and often murky vocals bring to mind Human Teenager’s long haul studio efforts. Further from reality, there’s nothing quite like a midday spell of this album spinning on the turntable.
The journey of this music feels like a winding, sunny path leading to the beach. Once you reach the water, it’s so very dark, but also warm and inviting.
I assure you, if you don’t stay this time, you’ll always find a reason to return.

Digital and Physical copies available here: http://digitalisrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/hemp-is-here