Modern Art (2) ‎– Oriental Towers

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Oriental Towers
Through The Looking Glass
Sand In Your Eyes
Passing Days
Weekend
Waiting
Rainfall
Beautiful Truth
Dreaming Again
Sad Delusion
Little Ballerina
Stars
Calico Shadows
Untitled

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
Color 4 Modern Art (2) Oriental Towers(Cass, Album, C60) Color Disc Color 4 UK 1983 Sell This Version
Color 4 Modern Art (2) Oriental Towers(Cass, Album, C60) Acid Tapes Color 4 UK 1983 Sell This Version
COL-99 Modern Art (2) Oriental Towers(Cass, Album, C60) Calypso Now COL-99 Switzerland 1984 Sell This Version
COLOR LP 07 Modern Art (2) Oriental Towers(LP, RE) Color Disc COLOR LP 07 UK 2017 Sell This Version

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phil.ferro

phil.ferro

May 23, 2017
referencing Oriental Towers, Cass, Album, C60, Color 4
available from today on vinyl for the first time, hope they will release the other tapes as vinyls also...
music_emporium

music_emporium

April 12, 2017
referencing Oriental Towers, Cass, Album, C60, Color 4
This is a remastered version of Modern Art’s second cassette album from 1983
released for the first time on vinyl and includes 3 previously unissued tracks from
the original session. Oriental Towers was the follow-up to Underwater Kites from
1982 comprised of songs of a similar vein which evoke the sound of that time.

On this album you will find examples of what was going on in England during the
pinnacle of the post-punk music scene - a time that inspired lots of young musicians to develop music influenced by the likes
of Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle and Clock DVA.

It's a time machine to get the right sounds from that period. Just as in "Underwater Kites" you can find  similar songs and here are some reviews done for that album:

"Arriving in the wake of inspirational releases from Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire, Clock DVA and Throbbing Gristle, Modern Art’s Underwater Kites pinched those templates into a range of nervy, minimalist styles porous to influence and defined by the moody character of Gary Ramon’s vocals and his feel for expressive, evocative melody.
Underwater Kite epitomise the open-ended diversity of that era, adroitly encompassing everything from wiry, Suicide-like night-stalkers such as Hello/Goodbye and spaced-out minimal wave comparable with John Bender or The Normal in TV Screen or Images In Sand, whereas Landscape From A Dream is up there with Martin Hannett and Joy Division’s most atmospheric productions, and the remarkable Tropic Of Cancer shimmies into dubbed-out 4th world electro and Monochrome Dance hits a scratchy blue boogie strut for brilliant unusual balance."
-BOOMKAT

"Modern Art were a minimal synth pop band from the early ‘80s. Gary Ramon, who went on to form space rock band Sun Dial, was their principal member. Only two of their albums were released on vinyl with rest being cassette only. 1982's Underwater Kites, the first of those cassette albums, finally gets the vinyl treatment. Ramon’s use of guitar, synth and drum machines creates a dark, atmospheric work with elements of psychedelia. Ramon has also collaborated with Current 93 and Coil" - NORMAN

"inspired by cassette labels such as Fuck Off Tapes, Weird Noise and other underground UK labels/music of the late '70s and early '80s. The label was rebooted in 2014 with a series of vinyl and CD compilation albums taken from the label's '80s archives plus reissues from more than 75 albums. You can definitely hear the resemblance of other seminal acts of the time, like for instance Cabaret Voltaire on "Tropic Of Cancer", Suicide or No More on the gritty synth punk of "TV Screen" or even Bauhaus on the sombre "Hello/Goodbye". - JUNO

"On this album you will find examples of what was going on in England during the pinnacle of the post-punk music scene - a time that inspired lots of young musicians to develop music influenced by the likes of Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle and Clock DVA."
- SOUL JAZZ