180 gram vinyl with printed inner sleeve featuring all song lyrics.
Individually numbered limited edition.
Tracks A1 and A2 first appeared on the 7" single Video Boys (1984). Tracks A3 and A4 first appeared on LP compilation Offering Of Isca (1985. Tracks B1 and B3 first appeared on the 7" single Modern Story (1984).
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): 84112E1/B PIRATES PRESS - MW 018 A
Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): 84112E2/A PIRATES PRESS - MW 018 B
Minimal Wave finds another obscure band to re-release to die hard synth pop and new wave fans from yesterday. Cool artwork and excellent neon green vinyl. Sound quality sounds like it was taken from a cassette indeed.
Circuit 7 has surprisingly good musicianship. There are songs that feature guitar solos, well done saxophone parts, funky bass tracks as we'll as the obvious keyboards that a synth pop / new wave band should have. At times they remind me of Gang of Four like in 'Beat Tonight' with that funky new wave sound. I would say Circuit 7 were influenced by goth as their songs have a theatrical element to them all. 'Video Boys' is almost Gary Numan like playing the rock / electronic balance and is fairly dramatic as is 'The Force'. Then 'India' shows why there was never a full length released. 'Modern Story' works well. 'Russian Roulette' shows the creativeness running out of gas as it doesnt stand out like previous songs. 'Eastern Dreams' is the most different sounding on the record. It's a ballad and for me it has standing appeal that most of the record does not have but that's my taste as I like melodic and minimal music.
Having said that I think it's a worthy release and it would have been interesting hearing them if they had made a second album to see if there was any progression. A third member could have helped them further I think on ideas. Nothing will have you saying "why wasn't this ever properly released?!" though. Obscure and sad on their brief history, the romanticism is bittersweet but not long lasting.
Side note: vinyl fits too tightly in inner cardboard sleeve. Would recommend a paper sleeve inside the main sleeve and leave inner one out somewhere.