Saturday, 28 September 2013

Record Review



Great review over here at...
aquarius records


" ...that track, "Feel So Young", is a killer, a fantastic slab of super catchy synthpop, all skittery programmed rhythms, squelchy synths, lilting melodies, and dreamily crooned vox... "


LAUGH CLOWN LAUGH s/t (Medical) lp 19.98
Cold wave / new wave / electro pop reissue label Medical Records seem to traffic in the extremely obscure, and it doesn't get more obscure than Laugh Clown Laugh, a UK duo who only ever released a single track! But that track, "Feel So Young", is a killer, a fantastic slab of super catchy synthpop, all skittery programmed rhythms, squelchy synths, lilting melodies, and dreamily crooned vox, the sound very reminiscent of early Depeche Mode and Human League, and that song opens up the proceedings here, and the record finishes with a dub version of the same song, which makes it even cooler. But in between, are 10 songs, previously unreleased, and never heard before now, all restored from the original master tapes, that had been in storage for nearly thirty years! And some of those songs are nearly as good as "Feel So Young", the dirgey, brooding "This Side Of Heaven" is maybe the darkest jam here, and is the sort of track some modern band could and should cover, the strangely titled "Track 14" is a killer chunk of instrumental synth wave, playful and weirdly psychedelic, while "Give It Back" almost sounds like a synthpop Devo, all herky jerky and new wave-y. "Aquarium" almost sounds like John Carpenter of Goblin gone new wave, and "One In The Bush" sounds like Depeche Mode's "Just Can't Get Enough" played by Perrey And Kingsley, and in between, are plenty of electro pop and synth pop gems.
Like all Medical Records releases, this is SUPER LIMITED, and fantastically packaged, a heavy full color sleeve, with a printed full color insert with liner notes, photos and lyrics, the vinyl heavy on 180 gram, and transparent orange! 

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