Various ‎– XCD001

Contempo Records ‎– XCD001
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Released in 1991 during the Contempo Festival in Florence, given away to press.

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  • Rights Society: SIAE
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored): XCD001 11 A1 MANUFACTURED BY DADC AUSTRIA


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June 4, 2012
The album opens with "Evergreen Leaves" & "Prayer" from BLACK ROSE - why haven't we heard from these before? They come across like ENYA recording for THIS MORTAL COIL, but sound even better than the sum of these parts. The singer has a voice which could send chills of excitement up & down your spine with it's blend of strength and naivete.
PANKOW offer the next two - unreleased versions of "Me And My Ding Dong" & "Touch". Both are quite lightweight Techno-Dance tracks which will at least give you a taster of what PANKOW are doing today. There seem to be hints of KILLING JOKE blended into their Industrial Dance sound, not a bad hybrid either.

DISTANT LOCUST contribute two - "Astronaut Meets God" & "Nursie" - a sort of CASSANDRA COMPLEX meets JESUS AND MARY CHAIN. Both tracks seem to have kazoo backing mixed well into the simmering, shimmering cauldron of sound.

"Right Hand Man" & "A Girl Called Harmony" by ATTRITION are next - "RHM" sounds not unlike mid-eighties CABARET VOLTAIRE, while "AGCH" has an old, almost medieval Christian sound to it, with harpsichord & high-pitched harmonies.

VOLUME SICK introduce "Sex Bomb" like ELVIS PRESLEY taking elocution lessons from BILLY IDOL - the music itself is Fairyland-synth-Rock-Dance stuff grows on ya!

CHRISTIAN DEATH play an Italian version of "Lacrima Christi" - a sort of BAUHAUS/CURE blend - I don't know anything by CHRISTIAN DEATH, but if you do, I'm sure you know what to expect.

HARDSONIC BOTTOMS 3 are next up with "Jailhouse Shock" - Techno-Dance disco music with samples a-plenty.

"The Telephone Call" by SANTA B. BOYS is perhaps one of the most memorable tracks on this album, in an irritating way etching itself onto your mind with it's simplistic tune - would go down well in the local disco and on Radio Safe'N'Sound".

THE SOUL HUNTERS rock us with "(S.K. of) Vacuum Cleaner" - a hardened version of what Manchester is exporting to pollute the world's airwaves, loadsa FX turn this into an interesting piece of music.

THE THING offer us a sort of soft Punk with "Mistery-X" - it sounds like a cleaned-up '70s track, which is to say pre-cacophonic chaos crap. Not bad - THE THING are probably worth checking out further.

The CD closes with "Ai Margini Dell'Olimpo" by NUOVA ERA sounding not unlike YES at their most approachable.

All in all an interesting, varied disc, well worth looking into if CONTEMPO's stuff interests you. I'm not sure it's for sale, which seems odd, but it's worth running to Earth if you can find a copy.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.