- Thomas Leer - 1979 -



Artist : Thomas Leer 

Label : Dark Entries 

Genre : 80's - Minimal Synth / Cold Wave / Indus. / Angst-Pop

1979 / 2x12" / DE-155

Thomas Leer is an innovative electronic musician from Port Glasgow, Scotland. He began singing for a local band at age 13, and was writing his own music by 18. By 1977, he had moved to London, where he fronted Pressure, a Clash­-esque punk group with fellow experimental Scottish musician Robert Rental. After hearing Kraftwerk, Leer became interested in synthesizers; not long after, he was exploring the experimental techniques of Eno, Zappa, Beefheart, Faust, and Can. In 1978, Thomas released his 1st single, "Private Plane"/"International", on his own Oblique Records that we reissued in 2015. '1979' is a 14-song collection spread across 2 pieces of vinyl clocking in at 70 minutes. Leer says, "1979 was a great year for making music. The punk explosion 2 years earlier, cleansed the palate and opened up minds to new sonic possibilities. It was in this spirit I took to exploring electronics and set up my first little home studio. Bearing in mind this was before such luxuries as Portastudios or affordable multi-tracks, I decided sound quality was less important than experimentation and innovation, so I pressed on with the meager equipment I had. My tabletop studio in Crouch End, North London, consisted of two cassette machines, a copycat tape echo, some FX pedals, ring modulator, guitar, bass & Wasp synthesizer". Songs range from half serene atmospheres, to minimal rhythmic workouts, to tape loops layered behind distorted guitars, to cold layered singing, all with a psychedelic lo-fi attitude. The jacket features an industrial photo of a man standing on an overpass with a passing truck taken by Thomas' brother Andy Wishart in 1980. Each copy includes a 2­-sided black & white postcard with liner notes by Thomas. 38 years later this is fresh UK DiY post­-punk, compelling pop with a dark heart, vacillating between the pretty disturbing and the disturbingly pretty.

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