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smile with the eyes


Artist : Five Times Of Dust 

Label : Minimal Wave 

smile with the eyes / 2x12"

Double LP of selections of unreleased material from the prolific outsider / underground duo Five Times Of Dust. Formed in 1980 in Bristol, the duo of Mark Phillips & Robert Lawrence came together with a shared passion for krautrock, industrial electronics and the burgeoning Diy tape scene as well as being influence by the dadaist movement and the works of Burroughs and Ballard. Unconventional and quirky, yet at times melancholic and romantic their music was a perfect escape from the urban decay of early 80's Bristol and Cardiff, the 2 cities they travelled between at weekends to recored. Although unashamedly electronic, the sound of Five Time Of Dust is far harder to pin down, in part perhaps due to their location. Both Phillips & Lawrence produced music that owed little to any scene happening in London, Manchester or Sheffield at the time. As a result, the majority of their output are perfectly formed electronic curiosities. The material on 'Smile With The Eyes' spans recordings Lawrence and Phillips made between 1982-1986. As a follow up to 'The Dadacomputer', their debut cassette release as a duo which we reissued earlier this year, 'Smile With The Eyes' remains lo-fi but is musically more complex. The recordings are catchy, curious and emotionally rich. Whereas 'The Dadacomputer' could be compared with the early output of Robert Rental, 'Smile With The Eyes' is a collection of works that stands all on its own. Pressed on 180gr black vinyl and housed in a heavyweight gatefold sleeve. Limited edition to 500 numbered copies.



Artist : Five Times Of Dust 

Label : Domestica 

5xod / 10"

5X0D has always been Mark Phillips and Rob Lawrence since it began in 1981 in Bristol UK. Early influences were many going back to pop, prog and krautrock bands of the early 70's, through punk and new-wave to industrial, then later Japanese techno-pop like YMO. We made our tapes one by one directly copying from the master reel to reel tape and we distributed them through the cassette scene postal network of the early 80's. We definitely were only interested in sounding original though we had influences like Art of Noise, YMO, Der Plan and Yello. We weren't very interested in UK synth-pop, maybe only Caberet Voltaire early on. We did much solo recording during the 80's, most of which is on the Soundcloud site. We do still like to make music, but just for fun. We've always been attracted to electronic and modified sounds, but have tried to write interesting songs to use the sounds in. We have lived through an era of technological advancement, and we felt positive about that whilst recognising the dehumanising potential of all machines. Edition of 350 copies presented in a handmade silk-screened sleeve.

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