Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Solid Space : Space Museum

Maf Vosburgh and Dan Goldstein make up UK based Minimal Wave band Solid Space.  ‘Space Museum’ started as a project in 1980, and over the course of the next two years the pair assembled eleven home recordings that would become one of the finest lost albums of its kind.  ‘Space Museum’ plays off drum machines and synths against acoustic instruments whilst also experimenting with found audio clips.  The songs deal with space travel and a general sense of dejection supported by bright pop melodies; just from the sheer finesse of the album it’s hard to believe the duo were teenagers when they wrote it.  The maturity of the album is best shown on ‘A Darkness In My Soul’, the track is so striking in how desolate it is, rivalling Goth Rock records that would start to come out long after this was written (The Cure’s ‘Disintegration’ springs to mind).  ‘Tenth Planet’ is my absolute favourite, totally joyful guitar riff offset by numbed vocals alongside layers of synths.   It seems like a lot of people have worked on trying to get this reissued, whether this will be out again for general release is still hard to tell but it can be found online to tide everyone over.  ‘Space Museum’ is incredibly forward thinking for when it was written and I wish I could write more on the band but I’ll be damned if I can find much background on these chaps presently.   Is it acceptable to write a “review” essentially saying “this is amazing, you should listen to it”?  I guess that’s what I’m doing – when something’s this brilliant one doesn't need to pick it apart and question it.  This is really simple for us both, just click below!

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