Poeme Electronique ‎– The Echoes Fade

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The Echoes Fade 6:56
Voice 4:28
Rendezvous 4:31
She's An Image 5:25
Follow 5:20
Theories 4:23
Inside His Head 6:18
Fragile 4:31
It's In The Atmosphere 7:11
This Night 6:01
My Complicated Personality 3:31
A Mourner's Lament 5:34
Atoman 5:34
Dilemma 5:37
Poisoned Race 4:15
Give Your Life Away 4:42

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ANNA 025.2009 Poeme Electronique The Echoes Fade(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Gat) Anna Logue Records ANNA 025.2009 Germany 2009 Sell This Version
ANNA 025-CD.2010 Poeme Electronique The Echoes Fade(CD, Album, Ltd, RM) Anna Logue Records ANNA 025-CD.2010 Germany 2010 Sell This Version

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martijn13

martijn13

April 7, 2015
referencing The Echoes Fade, CD, Album, Ltd, RM, ANNA 025-CD.2010

For getting the fantastic New Romantric classic track "Follow" this is worth the price!
Jarren

Jarren

May 27, 2013
edited over 8 years ago
referencing The Echoes Fade, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, Gat, ANNA 025.2009

My God, this is simply superb for all fans of Synth Pop / New Wave / New Romantic / Minimal... need I go on?

EVERY song is fantastic. Think Ladytron, think Exchpoptrue, think Hong Kong Counterfeit, think The Modern, think the first Spandau & Visage albums...

Think of that fleeting, classy sound around the start of the 80's before everything went shit.

Melodic, edgy, intelligent, carefully crafted, tasteful, beautiful, intricate, stylish.

And to think most of this material was unreleased!

Thank you Anna Logue, and thank you Poeme Electronique.

Your music may have taken 30 years to get recognition, but now it will surely become legendary.
ET

ET

December 29, 2009
referencing The Echoes Fade, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, Gat, ANNA 025.2009

German label Anna Logue is mostly a re-issue label focussing on synthesizer music from the 1980's and mostly releasing synth pop and electro pop music from that era. Their catalogue features releases by Camera Obscura, Sudeten Creche, Design and Monuments to name a few.
Some the releases I liked best so far are the Carmody and Monuments cd's with some great synth pop music. A little but off center maybe for the label were the releases by The Hands Of Cain (batcave music) and Stranger Station (synth music but less pop).
Next to these 1980's releases with some obscure material the label also released a few contemporary bands like Sleep Museum (also known as After The Snow on my label), Sonnenbrandt (Neue Deutsche Welle / electro pop) and The Silicon Scientist (solo project of Sonnenbrandt member).
Also Anna Logue has released a few records by 1980's bands with remixes and new versions of old songs. In that way a 7 inch has appeared by UK based Poeme Electronique on which the band presented a new version of their classic cult single 'The Echoes Fade'/'Voice'.
Now there is this massive 2LP with no less then 16 tracks by Poeme Electronique. All original tracks so no remix/remaster/re-do whatever. The real thing. It is funny that this band never reached more people back then. The original 7 inch from 1982 was quite good and many of the songs on this 2LP are simply great.
Here is a band with real musical skills and singing talent. You cannot say that of many of the 1980's bands that are currently being re-issued. On this record Anna Logue shows us a band with all onboard to have made it. Strange they never became bigger...
Just listen to tracks like 'Rendezvous', 'Fragile' and 'Dilemma'. These would have been great A sides for singles and great tracks for some extended 12 inch versions. What you hear is a new wave synthesizer band that sounds in a way like a more poppy version of Kirlian Camera. Never as gothic, never as Italo disco but equally good and with a similar moody sound.
At times the tempo goes a bit more down and you get served some excellent dreamy pop tunes like on 'A Mourner's Lament' for example.
This 2LP is a fantastic document with all these tracks collected, the deluxe packaging and in this hand numbered limited edition of 500 copies. Still this could have been a simply fantasic LP by leaving some tracks away. Now it is more of a document then a real album. Besided this no complains here!
AnnaLogue

AnnaLogue

December 3, 2009
referencing The Echoes Fade, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, Gat, ANNA 025.2009

POEME ELECTRONIQUE was Dave Hewson (synthesisers, production), Sharon Abbott (lyrics, lead and backing vocals), Julie Ruler (backing vocals) and Les Hewson (bass), formed in 1980 by Dave Hewson in South London, UK, in 1980. Dave was studying music and as a rare kind of student species he had a deep fascination for New Wave and electronic music thus also playing and recording electronic music ever since like using the Boss DR-55, Cosmo Sound Super Drum, Elka Rhapsody 610, EMS Synthi AKS, Korg MS-20(X2)/Polysix/Polyphonic Ensemble 1000/VC-10 Vocoder, Linn Electronics LM-1, Octave Kitten, Roland RS-09/VP-330 Vocoder Plus, Simmons SDS-V Kit and Yamaha CS-80 on this retrospective POEME ELECTRONIQUE album with original material from 1981/82 only. Over the period of more than two years, Dave has remastered these tracks using the latest high-end tools making them sound better than ever before. The deluxe 2LP vinyl album comprises 16 tracks of which 14 have never been published before. “The Echoes Fade” and “Voice” are the original versions taken off their original 7” from 1982. The album “The Echoes Fade” cannot be described other than being a masterpiece and one of the best-ever early 80’s electropop records ever, and it surely has to be lined up with Rational Youth or Experimental Products’ cult albums (in terms of being minimal synth/wave scene reference albums), but to be frank, Anna thinks that POEME ELECTRONIQUE were even above their level. Truly, they had deserved to go on the successful path like Depeche Mode, OMD or Soft Cell, but fate was against them as it seems. The main difference to other electropop groups of the time was definitely that Dave did not only master his synths technically-wise, no, he also knew how to actually play, and when you hear his amazing multi-track ‘manual sequencing’, programming skills, great harmonies and melodies throughout the tracks, along with the two girls’ performances - well they can really sing! – you will agree there is some something remarkably extraordinary in these tracks. You will find minimal electropop super hits like “Rendezvous”, “She’s an Image”, “Fragile”, or “Dilemma”; hauntingly beautiful melancholic tracks like “A Mourner’s Lament”, “This Night” or “It’s in the Atmosphere”; darkest minimal electronics on “Inside his Head”; and even more poppier tracks like “Follow”. This record will hopefully be loved by any electronic music lover and most probably marks the highlight in the growing Anna Logue Records catalogue – therefore Anna did not shy away from any costs and the album is truly an outstanding release in every single aspect including sound and artwork presentation. Apart from the bonus tracks you will find in the 2LP deluxe vinyl edition glossy inner sleeves with lyrics to all songs, as well as individual mini 7” sleeves for each song designed by our dear graphic designer Steve Lippert plus many additional group photos on the gatefold sleeves’ inner. After so many efforts and more than two years passing by, Anna is so over the moon to see this release being ready now and we have done all we could to make this an outstanding release, so now it’s up to you to give the band their final glory, but Anna is in no doubt that – at least after hearing the sound samples - you will.