This is ‘Analog’, an absolutely wonderful 39 minutes of shifting electronica, drones and synths from Black Classical and The Revenant Sea (aka Wizards Tell Lies) on the net label Pathmusick.

From the all-too-brief nod to John Carpenter on Side A (in my mind anyway, think Escape from New York), to Aphex Twin-esque breaks, to self-styled ‘scrapemetaldrones’, I think it actually gets better with repeat listening. And most things usually get bonus points for sampling radio comms from space missions – in this case the crew of Apollo 8 in lunar orbit reading from the Book of Genesis on Christmas Eve, 1968.*

The physical tape has some nice touches too:

‘A limited run Purple tape release… with a Free vintage copy of Analog (some from 86 / 62 / 63) magazine to read and enjoy whilst listening. Packaged in a Silver Anti-static zip bag.’

Sorry to say I’m still slumming it/staying mobile (delete as appropriate) with the MP3s and haven’t yet retrieved my tape player from The Shire (if it still works). If P.L.X.T.X ever sends me a blood-stamped demo, then I might yet get around to it.

*A side note but worth a mention, under the circumstances. The Apollo 8 mission included Jim Lovell (the second speaker in the video below) as command module pilot, who would later go on to become commander of Apollo 13. The score of Ron Howard’s film Apollo 13 was written by James Horner.


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