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private plane / international

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Artist : Thomas Leer 

Label : Dark Entries 

private plane / international / 12"

Thomas Leer is an innovative electronic musician who was born in Port Glasgow, Scotland. He began singing for a local band at age 13, and was writing his own music by 18. By 1977, he had moved to London, where he fronted Pressure, a clash­-esque punk group with fellow experimental Scottish musician Robert Rental. After hearing Kraftwerk, Leer became interested in synthesizers – not long after, he was exploring the experimental techniques of Eno, Zappa, Beefheart, Faust, and Can. In 1978, Thomas released his 1st single, "Private Plane"/"International", on his own Oblique Records. Both songs were recorded in his small Finsbury Park flat over 3 days, using a TEAC A3440 4-­track recorder and an ALICE mixing board. The only effects used were a Watkins Copicat tape echo unit, Electo Harmonix DrQ filter, an old Roland drum machine, and a Stylophone. So as to not wake his sleeping girlfriend, Leer's vocals were nearly whispered, which lends them a textural, psychedelic quality. NME named "Private Plane" Single of the Week, and the hand-stamped first edition of 650 promptly sold out. For this expanded reissue, 2 bonus tracks have been added. "Kings Of Sham", from the 1981 Cherry Red Records sampler "Business As Usual", is perfect motorik trance, echoing Conny Plank's 1970's productions. "Saving Grace" is the extended instrumental version of Leer's 2nd single "All About You" from 1982, a slow­-burning cosmic work-out chock-full of anthemic synth riffs. The jacket is an exact replica of the 1978 handmade edition enlarged for the 12" format, featuring a cut and paste collage by Thomas. Each copy includes a two­-sided newsprint insert with never­-before­-seen photos, an interview, and liner notes by Professor Keith R. Laws. 37 years later this is fresh UK DiY post­-punk, compelling pop with a dark heart, vacillating between the pretty disturbing and the disturbingly pretty. Essential !!

1979

22.49€

Artist : Thomas Leer 

Label : Dark Entries 

1979 / 2x12"

Thomas Leer is an innovative electronic musician from Port Glasgow, Scotland. He began singing for a local band at age 13, and was writing his own music by 18. By 1977, he had moved to London, where he fronted Pressure, a Clash­-esque punk group with fellow experimental Scottish musician Robert Rental. After hearing Kraftwerk, Leer became interested in synthesizers; not long after, he was exploring the experimental techniques of Eno, Zappa, Beefheart, Faust, and Can. In 1978, Thomas released his 1st single, "Private Plane"/"International", on his own Oblique Records that we reissued in 2015. '1979' is a 14-song collection spread across 2 pieces of vinyl clocking in at 70 minutes. Leer says, "1979 was a great year for making music. The punk explosion 2 years earlier, cleansed the palate and opened up minds to new sonic possibilities. It was in this spirit I took to exploring electronics and set up my first little home studio. Bearing in mind this was before such luxuries as Portastudios or affordable multi-tracks, I decided sound quality was less important than experimentation and innovation, so I pressed on with the meager equipment I had. My tabletop studio in Crouch End, North London, consisted of two cassette machines, a copycat tape echo, some FX pedals, ring modulator, guitar, bass & Wasp synthesizer". Songs range from half serene atmospheres, to minimal rhythmic workouts, to tape loops layered behind distorted guitars, to cold layered singing, all with a psychedelic lo-fi attitude. The jacket features an industrial photo of a man standing on an overpass with a passing truck taken by Thomas' brother Andy Wishart in 1980. Each copy includes a 2­-sided black & white postcard with liner notes by Thomas. 38 years later this is fresh UK DiY post­-punk, compelling pop with a dark heart, vacillating between the pretty disturbing and the disturbingly pretty.

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