Craig Leon, the producer who shaped the new wave of the late 1970s
naive instrumental electronic album Nommos (Takoma, 1981).
Ring With Three Concentric Discs and
Donkeys Bearing Cups weave a simple loop of a polyrhythm around
a drone, sounding like an African remix of Neu's motorik rhythm
Another simple loop, of an industrial polyrhythm, propels Nommo
to a marriage with a synth drone that imports Brian Eno's ambient music.
A majestic organ drone gently floats over the syncopated percussive loop of
She Wears A Hemispherical Skull Cap.
The eleven-minute Four Eyes To See The Afterlife tests the patience
of the listener: it takes forever for something to emerge out of the
(not incredibly entertaining) percussive loop, and that "something" is only
a few electronic bubbles and a distant vocal sample.
Not worthy of throbbing techno music, not worthy of new-age music, and
certainly not worthy of the new wave, that was producing way more creative
Leon then recorded a follow-up, Visiting (1982), that is less
ambitious, but still
as far removed from the punk ethos (that he helped promote) as it can get.
The two albums were reissued as
Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol 1 (RVNG, 2014).
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