After years of celebrating Frank Zappa, compiling and playing more or less wired Surf Pop Tunes, adding a bit of Bowie and Stones to the independent surf rock scene while reissuing most of The Deep Freeze Mice‘s output (all on his Cordelia Records label) here’s somewhat not too surprisingly his latest attempt in listenable obscurities : the whole debut Album of VU is out now as an instrumental surf version.
Near perfect to be taken to the beach during this summer’s holiday season alongside your Ray Bans…
For this new release on Klappstuhl Records, I’ve waded quite some time through Walt’s profilic output which is well documented here. The more exotica, kitschonica and ambient stuff has been collected elsewhere so I concentrated on the neo wave, retro synth pop aspects of his work among it the afore mentioned Simulacra EP.
While he seems to concentrate currently more on easy listening / muzak / exotica stuff he is not completely lost for beat driven synth sounds as the highly recommended and in February via 30th Floor issued Abstrakta EP shows.
For everything more you need to know about his current and past activities a great starting place is @ tumblr.
Oh and b.t.w. – although the majority of the tracks of ThisContinuum are culled from previous releases, all have been listen and re-listened with lots of attention to details to find a perfect enjoyable running order and make this a full blast spring release. Some of them have been available only via youtube or soundcloud but there are also a bunch of exclusives available never before to give some more flavour to this charming Album I’m very proud of;
This is just one of many fine EP’s he published throughout the year (albeit a personal favourite)……..
The musical range as described by him is “from the 80´s inspired Synth Pop / Electro / Funk tunes to Space / Cosmic / Chill Out soundscapes, with incursion in other sound territories like Smooth Jazz / Elevator Music.”
For an overview of his busy networking activity schedule check this for a start.
After the recent Reunion Tour and Rarites Collections issues & Reissue of “We Are Time” The Pop Group (i.e. Mark Stewart, Gareth Sager, Dan Catsis, Bruce Smith) announced a new Album for February 2015 recorded during the last two years and a batch of live dates in Japan, Australia and the States for the coming spring.
There’s a new blog about the hilarious Frank Weghardt, probably best known as inspiration for the Weber & Schuster EP from 1990. This was released back in the day just after they won the Scharfrichter Price for their musicial cabaret.
Ralf Schuster meanwhile is still also otherwise active solo and in various formations…
Some stuff I intended to mention (and praise) earlier comes in form of free downloadable releases. This should have been the the first one;
In March 2012 Jim Avignon released some more of charming minimal electro pop odes as in the truest meaning of the word: Unpaid Work.
Get it while it’s up and look around there’s quite a few more to find, nearly all self-published in true DIY spirits like back in the day..