in South London, UK, in 1980.
Dave was studying music and as a rare kind of student species he had a deep fascination for New Wave and electronic music thus also playing and recording electronic music ever since like using the Boss DR--55, Cosmo Sound Super Drum, Elka Rhapsody 610, EMS Synthi AKS, Korg MS--20(X2)/Polysix/Polyphonic Ensemble 1000/VC--10 Vocoder, Linn Electronics LM--1, Octave Kitten, Roland RS--09/VP--330 Vocoder Plus, Simmons SDS--V Kit and Yamaha CS--80 on this retrospective Poeme Electronique
album with original material from 1981/82 only.
Over the period of more than two years, Dave has remastered these tracks using the latest high--end tools and Stefan Bornhorst
(The Silicon Scientist
) has given additional input for making them sound better than ever before. After the release of the deluxe 2LP vinyl album (ANNA 025.2009), Anna Logue Records is happy to also release a digital CD format comprising a total of 14 tracks. The well known track "The Echoes Fade" is the original version taken off the original 7" from 1982. The album "The Echoes Fade" cannot be described other than being a masterpiece and one of the best ever early 80's electro pop records ever, and it surely has to be lined up with Rational Youth or Experimental Products' cult albums (in terms of being minimal synth/ wave scene reference albums), but to be frank, Anna thinks that Poeme Electronique
were even above their level. Truly, they had deserved to go on the successful path like Depeche Mode
or Soft Cell
, but fate was against them as it seems.
The main difference to other electro pop groups of that time was definitely that Dave did not only master his synths technically wise, no, he also knew how to actually play, and when you hear his amazing multi-track 'manual sequencing', programming skills, great harmonies and melodies throughout the tracks, along with the two girls' vocal performances - well they also can really sing! - you will agree there is some something remarkably extraordinary in these tracks. You will find minimal electro pop super hits like "Rendezvous", "She's an Image", "Fragile", or "Dilemma"; hauntingly beautiful melancholic tracks like "A Mourner's Lament", "This Night" or "It's in the Atmosphere"; darkest minimal electronics on "Inside his Head"; and even more lighter tracks like "Follow". This record will hopefully be loved by any electronic music lover and definitely is a highlight in the growing Anna Logue Records catalogue - the album is truly an outstanding release in every single aspect including sound and artwork presentation.
This CD edition includes an exclusive 16pp fold-out poster with individual mini 7" sleeves for each song designed by our dear graphic designer Steve Lippert
plus additional band member photos.