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Tornado Wallace ‎”Midnight Mania” (Optimo Music)

2020-05-21T20:50:22+00:00May 21st, 2020|

Optimo Music release Midnight Mania, a five-track mini album from Australia’s Tornado Wallace. Now based in Berlin Tornado Wallace has crafted an organic, psychedelic, percussive master work. The title track will be released as a digital single in advance of the album on Optimo Music Digital Danceforce. Tornado Wallace would like to add a few words about the record: “The music is inspired by earth, both the planet itself as the small insignificant celestial being in the great cosmic story, and earth — the dirt itself — the womb and the tomb of life’s mysteries and wild manifestations.”

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Robert Rental “Different Voices For You. Different Colours For Me. Demos 1980” (Optimo)

2018-09-14T01:28:22+00:00September 14th, 2018|

“On an unassuming cassette, just labelled Robert Rental in green Dymo tape, these demos have lain unheard for years amongst his family’s treasured possessions, cared-for artefacts of a life cut short far too soon. These songs, which Robert recorded in his council flat in Battersea in 1980, provide an enticing glimpse into his all-too-infrequent solo work. On most occasions, Robert worked with Thomas Leer, Daniel Miller, or other collaborators. These are rough recordings, tape hiss still in evidence, but his creativity shines through the murk, like uncut diamonds. With these recordings Robert appears to be moving towards more recognizable song structures than most of his earlier work, which could be wildly experimental and would often involve found recordings taped directly off television. We know two of these tracks from their later re-recording for the Mute Records single ‘Double Heart’ late in 1980. Robert spoke to friends of his frustration at being unable to replicate his sound in a commercial studio — it was these demos’ sound that he wanted to recreate. Sometimes having only access to the most rudimentary of equipment can hone the creative talent into something sharper and more focused — necessity is the mother of invention, indeed.”

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