October 27, 2010
Martin Rev - Martin Rev
Tales are told of Ralf & Florian strong-arming copies of Suicide’s first album from Lester Bangs. Yeah...
God knows what record company / personal issues shenanigans led to this solo album release in 1980 on the Lust/Unlust label, only a year after 1979's Marvel, which in all but two tracks is the same album entire. No matter. This one idea = one song collection finds Martin perfectly poised between sublime synth pop (first two tracks: Mari and Baby O Baby) and proto-industrial experimentation (the rest). Highly influential. Pointing the way to Soft Cell and their ilk on the one hand, and on t'other the PTV / Coil axis.
The naive synth melodies are a delight. Percussive industrialism riveting.
Oddi wrth y brawd