New Musik

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British synth-pop group from South London, active from 1977 to 1982.
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Albums

GTMC 041 New Musik - From A To B album art New Musik From A To B (Album) GTO GTMC 041 UK 1980 Sell This Version
GTLP 044, gtlp 044 New Musik - Anywhere album art New Musik Anywhere (Album) GTO, GTO GTLP 044, gtlp 044 Europe 1981 Sell This Version
EPC 85567 New Musik - Warp album art New Musik Warp (Album) Epic EPC 85567 Spain 1982 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

GT 261 New Musik - Living By Numbers album art New Musik Living By Numbers (Single) GTO GT 261 UK 1979 Sell This Version
GTO 255 New Musik - Straight Lines album art New Musik Straight Lines (Single) GTO GTO 255 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
JC 15025 New Musik - I'm In The Mood For Dancing / Living By Numbers album art The Nolans / New Music* The Nolans / New Music* - I'm In The Mood For Dancing / Living By Numbers(7", Jukebox) Epic, GTO JC 15025 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
3E 36450 New Musik - Straight Lines album art New Musik Straight Lines (EP) Nu Disk, Epic 3E 36450 US 1980 Sell This Version
GT 268 New Musik - This World Of Water album art New Musik This World Of Water (Single) GTO GT 268 UK 1980 Sell This Version
ES 506, MX192766 New Musik - Sanctuary album art New Musik Sanctuary (Single) GTO ES 506, MX192766 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
EN 5108 New Musik - Sanctuary / Straight Lines album art New Musik Sanctuary / Straight Lines(7", Single) GTO EN 5108 South Africa 1980 Sell This Version
EPC A1976ADJ New Musik - All You Need Is Love album art New Musik All You Need Is Love Epic EPC A1976ADJ UK 1981 Sell This Version
GT 13 291 New Musik - While You Wait album art New Musik While You Wait (Single) GTO GT 13 291 UK 1981 Sell This Version
GT 284 New Musik - Luxury album art New Musik Luxury (Single) GTO GT 284 UK 1981 Sell This Version
GT 302 New Musik - The Planet Doesn't Mind album art New Musik The Planet Doesn't Mind (Single) GTO GT 302 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
GT 297 New Musik - They All Run After The Carving Knife (See How They Run) album art New Musik They All Run After The Carving Knife (See How They Run) (Single) GTO GT 297 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
GT 12.296, GT 12296 New Musik - Luxury / Churches / They All Ran After The Carving Knife album art New Musik Luxury / Churches / They All Ran After The Carving Knife(12", Maxi) GTO, GTO GT 12.296, GT 12296 France 1981 Sell This Version
AS 997 New Musik - While You Wait / They All Run After The Carving Knife album art New Musik While You Wait / They All Run After The Carving Knife(12", Promo) Epic AS 997 US 1981 Sell This Version
ES-605 New Musik - They All Run After The Carving Knife/Luxury album art New Musik They All Run After The Carving Knife/Luxury(7", Promo) GTO ES-605 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
GT 298 New Musik - Churches / They All Ran After The Carving Knife album art New Musik Churches / They All Ran After The Carving Knife(7", Single) GTO GT 298 France 1981 Sell This Version
EPC A2424 New Musik - Warp album art New Musik Warp (Single) Epic EPC A2424 UK 1982 Sell This Version

Compilations

NFE 37314 New Musik - Sanctuary album art New Musik Sanctuary (Album, Comp) Epic NFE 37314 US 1981 Sell This Version
XPS 112 New Musik - Greatest Hits album art New Musik Greatest Hits(7", Comp, Promo) GTO XPS 112 UK 1981 Sell This Version
none New Musik - Songs Of New Musik album art New Musik Songs Of New Musik(CD, Comp, TP) Not On Label none UK 1997 Sell This Version
CDLEMD 182 New Musik - From A To B / Anywhere album art New Musik From A To B / Anywhere (Album) Lemon Recordings CDLEMD 182 UK 2011 Sell This Version

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Subatomicbeat

Subatomicbeat

February 27, 2022
At last, some vinyl reissues that finally acknowledge that New Musik were a band that should not be forgotten.
During their relatively short life the band (mainly a vehicle for the ideas of the very talented Tony Mansfield) they only made there albums, each of which was a progression from the last.

To sum each album up with one word:
From A to B - 'Pop'
Anywhere - 'Atmospheric'
Warp - 'Experimental'

From A to B was the most commercially successful, featuring four (at least in the UK) singles. It's very much a Synth-Pop album with catchy tunes and excellent arrangements. Anyone interested in how to mix electronics and guitars to make interesting pop songs should listen to this.

The extra tracks on this reissue particularly 'And' and 'Under Attack' provide the link between the first and second albums in terms of sound and arrangement style.

The next album Anywhere mixed the ingredients that made the first album i.e. synths, guitars, drums, lightweight catchy melodies, and mixed them into a more layered, atmospheric sound.
Songs are generally longer which gives them time to evolve and build.
Interestingly there are two distinct types of song on this album - uptempo pop versus laid-back atmospheric. The band decided to alternate the different styles rather than going the Bowie/Low route of putting the different styles together on each side of the vinyl.

One day I must create playlist where the two styles are grouped together just to see how that sounds.

But I digress ...
Anywhere is a fantastic album that improves on From A to B in every sense. Unfortunately it was not a commercial success. However amongst fans I believe it is generally considered to be New Musik's best album. I certainly think it is (and it's one of my favourite albums ever). I spent many evenings in my youth listening to this in a room with the lights dimmed, letting the sounds envelope me.

The third album featured a change of line-up, sound and direction. Digital technology became available and the band decided to incorporate the new technology and experiment a lot more than before.
The album Warp is interesting and has some great tracks (although the Beatles cover is not one of them, in my opinion).
However the characteristic New Musik sound was missing - Simmons electronic drums were used extensively, the New Musik submarine 'blip', that featured so heavily on the first two albums, was almost gone. I love that 'blip' and I missed it on Warp.

Still worth a listen but not on a par with the first two albums.

These releases are superb. I dont really care for coloured vinyl personally - probably due to memories of buying really bad coloured vinyl pressings in the 80s - however these are great. No crackles or general noise and the sound seems pretty faithful to my original vinyl pressings of all the albums.

Someone on here has mentioned that the stereo channels are reversed. I have not checked that out yet. If it's true it's an annoyance but it doesn't ruin the overall listening experience.

Having all the extra tracks gathered together is great too.

Others have commented on not liking the matt sleeves, personally I like them and I think they work well together as a set.
For me the only thing missing are some sleeve notes - it would have been great to hear Tony Mansfield's reflections on these tracks 40 years on.

Shame about the track speed error - when I first read about it I presumed it was a minor error where the track had been mastered a few percentage points above or below the real speed, the sort of thing that could have been missed by someone that doesn't know the track. However this has been mastered at half speed (or maybe even less) - it doesn't sound like music - even a quick listen should have highlighted that something was amiss.
Anyway - I won't be returning this for a refund, the rest of the reissue is too good.
kevinsingel

kevinsingel

December 30, 2021
A somewhat obscure article that I stumbled across that I am passing on to fellow New Musik fans https://recordcollectormag.com/articles/new-musik-fear-musik
speccydoughboy

speccydoughboy

March 5, 2014
This band are amazing, the only reason they weren't huge commercially is that they didn't fit in with the trends of the time visually. I'm not surprised that Tony went on to become a very in-demand songwriter and producer, because this group were very respected by their peers and by the industry.
JJ_Amblin

JJ_Amblin

October 20, 2003
New Musik were one of the first British groups to come out with a sound that successfully combined synths and "real" instruments, and they did so while the likes of The Cure and Joy Division were still looking for somewhere to plug their keyboards in. Their albums are a bit patchy, but the singles are marvellous, and it remains a mystery why they were unable to build on their hit "Living By Numbers". The songwriting ability was certainly there, they had an appealing sound and good clean, radio-friendly production, but they drifted off into obscurity nevertheless. Shame.

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