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Wavelength, 1983. 7/10

reviews - 80'sOprettet af Jacob Pertou tir, september 02, 2008 21:35
Blog ImageIn Digital Gothic, the book written by Paul Stump, this record was promoted as some of the best from the Schmoelling era!
I disagree, because this release is a patchwork consisting of old and new material, and the 16 tracks are finished within some 36 minutes.
I can't complain about the quality of the tracks, except for the fact, that they are drastically short, and fades out way too soon.
We all know Church Theme as the 20-minutes sequencer hit called Silver Scale, but unfortunately it only lasts for a couple of minutes, here.
That goes for Desert Drive, as well - an excerpt from Quichotte Part 1.
These tracks weren't available like they are today, and quite a shame, as they weren't represented in a decent length.
Mojave End Title has nothing to do with Mojave Plan from White Eagle. On the other hand it is a tragi-comic piece of sequencing with a catchy melody. To conclude the album it's played in an alternative version. A good move, since Wavelength is an album of incoherence. Healing is likely to be the earliest examle of "Tangentization"
Based on a short excerpt from Tangram, the mellotron, already old-fashioned in the year of 1983 is overdubbed!
Production-wise, Breakout is considerably more modern. It sounds like something from Pinnacles, but the structure and the wild noises doesn't allow the fade-out.
The guitar is the all-dominant instrument. It's quite likely to be recorded before Tangram. Slow guitar chords, a gentle guitar solo and a fragile synthesizer makes up the essential in this untraditional track.
More from Quichotte in Spaceship. I love that thick analogue sound from that record, which has been retained. Of course it's way too short, but it sounds delicious, as long as it last. Sunset Drive is peculiar, too. It opens with Mellotron, whereupon the hypnotizing sequences gradually, more and more, dominates the sonic dimension. The excact same sequence structure, is also to be found The Bootleg Box Set Vol. 2, as well as the many audience recordings, from the winter of 1981.
Airshaft is thoroughly a piece of metallic ringing soundtrack work, with shrill synth chords, obviously not overexposed, as the most simple, also is the most effective in scary films. The essence of the track changes to the more cacophonic and quite avantgarde.
Alley Walk is a calm, dark track, with plenty a 70'es tendency, in the form of the Mellotron at the end, which also is to be found in Cyro Lab. I'm pretty sure this old fashioned sound, was due to a request from the director.
I find this piece of commissioned work enormously interesting, wondering how great it could be, was it extended to a double vinyl release.
Today, Wavelength is very hard to get, but I used Grove Unlimited, and so should you.