Suspirium ‎– Baked Beings

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C 1993 remastered 2014

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November 12, 2014
From Audion #25 (published in 1993)...

SUSPIRIUM
BAKED BEINGS (Bux 009) MC
BURNING FOR BURNING (Bux 012) MC
MODERN PRIMITIVES (Bux 015) MC
Okay, the cassette medium is hardly the ideal method for distributing music recordings, but it's certainly convenient for independent artists with little money at hand. Of course such a situation means that I get myriads of cassettes to wade through in the hope of reviewing them for Audion!
Of the few that avoided the fast-forward button recently are these three tapes from the duo Suspirium. If you look back to Audion #22 (page 40) you'll see I was quite enthusiastic about this highly experimental synth based outfit. Actually, these new offerings are all quite different and offer many surprises, not least BURNING FOR BURNING which has one side in Tangerine Dream RUBYCON cum Lightwave synth-sequencer vein and the second side in the weirder Teutonic styles like Conrad Schnitzler or early Cluster. MODERN PRIMITIVES is a much more abrasive and oppressive excursion, counterpointing base level emotions and electronics in a very industrial type setting, with hints of Throbbing Gristle at their least musical. BAKED BEINGS again ventures towards early Cluster, or indeed Fripp & Eno and Heldon at their most abstract, especially in the use of processed guitar textures. The rich sound fabric and avoidance of melody however, makes for a very different experience!
Brian Vogt (keyboards, percussion, programming, occasional voice, recording and mixing) and Tony Osbourne (guitar, occasional keyboards, percussion) have certainly created some challenging and inventive music. All we need now is for them to consolidate their ideas into a stronger form and to record a proper album. Maybe a CD?