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Lives of Angels: Hole In The Sky

Artist: Lives of Angels
Title: Hole In The Sky

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Lives of Angels: Hole In The Sky
Artist: Lives of Angels
Title: Hole In The Sky

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Lives of Angels was the brainchild of Gerald OConnell from London England. At the end of the 1970s OConnell had been working on material for Mystery Plane a band that included his wife Catherine on keyboards and backing vocals. In 1980 the pair of them left to form Lives Of Angels and focus on OConnells own songs which he felt were more oblique atmospheric and evocative than the narrative style and social commentary of Mystery Plane. The result sounds both of its time comfortably nestling under the gloomy clouds of British post-punk and goth and oddly out of time its homemade quality placing it outside of obvious chronological signifiers as the motorik riffs and spartan drum patterns loop over and over to infinity.OConnell was unimpressed by the musical offerings of the early 80s with the exception of New Order Cocteau Twins and Depeche Mode he notes instead drawing from San Francisco psychedelia Van Morrisons Astral Weeks Congolese guitarist Dr. Nico and the full pantheon of krautrock especially Amon Dl II whose song Archangels Thunderbird contains the line There is no elevator to Eden but a hole in the sky. Keyboards and some vocals were provided by Catherine who also acted as editor making changes to the arrangements or pointing out inappropriate drum patterns hence her credit in the sleeve notes as percussion censor. Elevator to Eden was originally released in 1983 on cassette by Color Disc and reissued on vinyl in 2012 on Dark Entries in slightly condensed form. Hole In The Sky is an 11-track compilation of material from the Lives of Angels archives. Including two tracks from the original Elevator To Eden cassette omitted from our vinyl reissue two tracks from Color Disc compilations and 7 previously unreleased tracks. This compilation features the very earliest Lives of Angels recordings Call Moscow and Somebody Else as well as the final composition from 1986 The Infinite Corridor plus original mixes of After Dark and Look Out Kid different than the versions on the Color Supplement compilation. Hole In The Sky is an impressive example of early 80s home recording a DIY interpretation of the elegance and ambition of the previous decades krautrock.All songs have been remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios. Each copy comes in custom made jacket designed by Eloise Leigh and includes an 1111 double-sided insert with liner notes lyrics and photos. You have no idea how rewarding it is that people are interested in what we did all those years ago says OConnell. Catherine had a very happy time doing all that stuff it was brilliant and I felt that it was a success artistically. It deserved more attention. Better late than never.

1.1 Call Moscow
1.2 I Know About You
1.3 Nothing Yet
1.4 She Turns Aside
1.5 Popular Violence
1.6 Heartland
1.7 Somebody Else
1.8 Threatened
1.9 Look Out Kid
1.10 After Dark
1.11 The Infinite Corridor

H 0.18
W 12.35
L 12.38

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