Space, En­ergy & Light

Mojo (UK) - - Filter Albums -

Thirty years of elec­tronic/ synth tran­scen­dence. Span­ning the years 1961-’88, this ex­tremely en­joy­able comp takes in musique con­crète (Tod Dock­stader), counter-cul­tural utopi­anism (Tim Blake), cas­sette-only ’80s artists (Carl Matthews) and Terry Ri­ley-style re­peat­ing drones (Mother Mal­lard’s Portable Mas­ter­piece Co). Many of th­ese artists were sold on pri­vate press­ings, in meditation cen­tres, health food stores and even ashrams – thus avoid­ing the main­stream mu­sic in­dus­try and pub­lic at­ten­tion. There’s lots of rep­e­ti­tion and loops here, and the mood is pretty up­beat, ex­pan­sive, and pos­i­tive through­out. Par­tic­u­lar stand-outs are Mother Mal­lard’s Ceres Mo­tion and Ia­sos’ Lueena Coast, but the stan­dard is con­sis­tent through­out with enough vari­a­tion to make it a sat­is­fy­ing trip. Af­ter Light In The At­tic’s I Am The Cen­ter, this is an ex­cel­lent overview of a for­got­ten and of­ten ma­ligned genre that now re­veals it­self as a fer­tile area of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion – still fresh be­cause not ham­mered into the ground. Jon Sav­age

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