Keychains and Snowstorms Box by Soft Cell

Soft Cell | Keychains and Snowstorms Mercury Records/UMC (9xCD + DVD + BK; DL + Streaming) An Exhaustive Survey. And I mean the good kind of exhaustion, the type that comes with an exhilarating batch of unexpected goodies – not the kind that has been seen in similar burnt-out 80’s boxes of late. I realize this may not be something you may expect to find in these pages, however, stay with me here, these guys really were outsiders whose quickly (if short-lived) rising star just happened to coincide with the earliest era of MTV where you may have spied a … Continue reading Keychains and Snowstorms Box by Soft Cell

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Void Axis by Map 71

Map 71 | Void Axis Fourth Dimension Records/Foolproof Projects (CD/DL) Brighton duo Lisa Jayne and Andy Pyne known as Map 71 is one of those obscure gems that falls between experimental electronics and old school new wave/spoken word, and again I am breaking the rules outside of exclusive instrumental here. Void Axis is their sixth recording since 2014, so they’ve been quite busy. It’s got more in common with Flying Lizards, Was (Not Was) and David Van Tieghem than with popular music, and like edgier sounds like those from lesser known November Group and even some sideline Exene Cervenka. But … Continue reading Void Axis by Map 71

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