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Thomas Leer: 1979

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Artist: Thomas Leer
Title: 1979

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Thomas Leer: 1979
Artist: Thomas Leer
Title: 1979

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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 first single Private Plane/International on his own Oblique Records that we reissued in 2015. 1979 is a 14-song collection spread across two pieces of vinyl clocking in at 70 minutes. Leer says 1979 was a great year for making music. The punk explosion two 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. All songs have been remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. 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 two-sided black and white postcard with liner notes by Thomas. 38 years later this is fresh UK D.I.Y. post-punk compelling pop with a dark heart vacillating between the pretty disturbing and the disturbingly pretty.

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W 12.32
L 12.35

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