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Artist : Xex 

Label : Dark Entries 

group: xex / LP

Group: Xex ultimately plays out like some strange cry from the distant past, or alternately, a document sent back to us from some very bizarre future. Alternating male and female vocals chant some of the most strangely humorous lyrics over the 12 tracks, as synthesizers buzz and twinkle over metronomic drumbeats. This is some of the most minimal of all minimal synth records (there's no dancefloor fillers here), yet fans of bands like Crash Course in Science, Ceramic Hello, Experimental Products, or even Devo enthusiasts wondering what all this minimal synth hubbub is about will find a lot to love here. The design is a fantastic reproduction of the original Lp, and the album comes with an awesome 'zine packed full of photos and information about Xex. A really stellar reissue!

change

16.29€

Artist : Xex 

Label : Dark Entries 

change / LP+CD

Xex were an all-synthesizer band from South River, New Jersey in the late 70's. The band formed when a trio of high school misfits with funny names (Waw Pierogi, Thumbalina Gugielmo and Alex Zander) teamed up with some friends from Rutgers College. They released their debut album 'Group: Xex' in 1980. Dark Entries were lucky to discover the master tapes of their unreleased 2nd album “xex:change” in Waw's basement. 'Xex: Change' takes a leap from where the band left off at the end of 1980. David Anderson left the group making Xex a quartet. Recorded during the summer of 1981 and produced with Ziggy Rodberg, Xex further developed the aesthetic of the 1st album. The 7 songs here are more complex and hypnotic than the synth-punk outbursts of 'Group: Xex'. Their new synthesizers, a sequential Circuits Prophet 5 and a Minimoog, evoke the high-tech utopia of Patrick Cowley and proto-techno of Afrika Bambaataa. Thumbalina's vocals have a detached, icy quality. Lyrics revolve around Xex' melange of oeuvres, pop, kitsch and New Jersey mall culture; offering commentary on species-specific adaptations for copulation, technophilia/phobia and the Jersey shore. 'Xex: Change', a multiple entendre that refers to the evolution of the group since its 1st album, group interaction in the creative process, and underlying sexual ambiguity. The group did not have the funds to release the album and it sat in obscurity for over 30 years. The vinyl comes housed in jacket created by Alex Zander for his senior art project in college in 1980. Each LP includes a double sided 11x11 cardstock insert with lyrics and photos. Also included is a full length DVD featuring a 9-song Xex concert from 1981, recorded at Hurrah in New York. With the bonus DVD included in the new LP, more people will see Xex perform than ever saw them play live. More than 30 years later 'Xex: Change' finally sees the light of day and fits in today's world all too perfectly.

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