Various ‎– Perspectives And Distortion

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Claire Thomas And Susan Vezey* Bright Waves 5:49
Matt Johnson What Stanley Saw 2:51
Virgin Prunes "Third Secret" 4:44
Lol Coxhill The Calm... 2:08
Lemon Kittens …In Wooden Brackets 4:20
Eyeless In Gaza You Frighten 6:29
Kevin Coyne Hello Judas 2:51
Mark Perry Dear, Dear 1:44
Ben Watt Departure 1:36
Two Daughters Return Call/We Are 4:27
Kevin Harrison People In Space 1:54
Thomas Leer Kings Of Sham 3:45
Five Or Six Folded 4:49
Morgan-Fisher* Foreign Correspondent 3:10
Robert Fripp Remorse Of Conscience 1:26
A. Tent* No Way Of Knowing 3:24
David Jackman Untitled 2:13

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dokka.chapman

dokka.chapman

August 5, 2020
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Perspectives And Distortion - Cherry Red Rarities 1981, CD, Comp, RE, CDM RED 231

The last to come from Cherry Red's Archive Series (and by far the hardest to come across) this CD remaster of the infamous 1981 vinyl compilation is very different from it's counterparts. Taking a knee to the indie scenes more experimental side this album is a collection of the weird and the wonderful stuff you could find in the early 80's. Not only that but nearly every track is an exclusive to this release, making it a must have collector's item for fans of the label, the artists and the genre itself.
Starting off is a harmonious round by Philip Sanderson under the alias Claire Thomas & Susan Vezey - a drifting piece that takes it's time, offering up a euphoric lullaby that lulls you into a false sense of security as it soon gives way to 'What Stanley Saw' - a post punk dirge by The The's Matt Johnson bringing us a perfect example on the album's polar opposites throughout it's runtime. Only breaking for a deep sinister bassline before returning to it's train ride to Hell & back, Johnson manages to capture the cold and calculating style that early 80's indie music was known to replicate from it's surroundings.
Also included is a rare deep cut by Dublin's own Goth Rockers Virgin Prunes (seen here with a lo-fi form of experimentation that would be later seen in the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Coil and more), Art Rock duo Lemon Kittens (a group that saw an early start for genre icon Danielle Dax) and Five Or Six. Nothing is truly off limits as the likes of Lol Coxhill & David Jackman lend a classical ear to this crazy record, and with further exclusives by the likes of King Crimson's Robert Fripp & Everything But The Girl's Ben Watt you'll be in safe and (all be it unpredictable) hands.
If you're knowledge of experimental and avente garde music stops at the likes of Frank Zappa & Throbbing Gristle you might get quite a surprise, but if you're willing to put your musical tastes to the test you may come across some amazing gems that put you on an ongoing journey through the weirder side of 80's indie music.