reis­sue CRAIG LEON

An­thol­ogy of In­ter­plan­e­tary Folk Mu­sic Vol 1 RVNG INTL ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

Craig Leon was the go-to pro­ducer guy for the likes of Blondie, Sui­cide, Richard Hell and Ra­mones in the mid to late 1970s. He went off on some­thing of a tan­gent, how­ever, when, re­lo­cat­ing to LA in 1979, he be­gan to en­gage with the no­tion of what ex­trater­res­trial mu­sic might sound like – and set about au­rally cre­at­ing just that over two al­bums. Nom­mos (1981) and Vis­it­ing (1983) are now of­fi­cially reis­sued for the first time. Leon’s skills as an ar­ranger and com­poser make his early at­tempts at space rock supremely fit for pur­pose. The mu­sic might seem as if it has been su­per­seded by the aque­ous synth-sounds we now all diplo­mat­i­cally groove to, but there are choice, pre­dic­tive sen­si­bil­i­ties here that beat quite a few con­tem­po­rary elec­tron­ica acts at their own con­tem­pla­tive game. Down­load: Ring with Three Con­cen­tric Cir­cles, Four Eyes to See the Af­ter­life

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