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Sounds of Subterrania - Mailorder Advice 11/2021
The record of the week comes from The Strollers from Kuala Lumpur. Sounds of Subterrania recommends enjoying a Maybe Tomorrow.
01. The Strollers – Waiting For ... LP (Wohn Records)
This time the trip that I'm going on with the record of the week takes me to Malaysia in the 1970s. The band The Strollers, not to be confused with the eponymous, also outstanding band from Sweden, was founded in 1965 and was the most famous Malaysian kugiran (guitar band) of that time. They are also the first and to date the only Malaysian band to be signed by an international record label, CBS Records, to record and release English songs. Over a period of eight years they released nine singles, an EP and an album. From 1969 to 1973 The Strollers recorded 33 songs, including 17 original compositions, and released them. Waiting Is ... was originally released in 1973 and was re-released on the South Korean residential label in 2000. Musically there is spectacularly beautiful psychpop, which can be located between the soulful side of Ides of March, the “Pleasant Valley Sunday” sound of the Monkees and the beatpop of the Czerwone Gitary (red guitars) from Poland. In its opulent execution, the production in particular is very reminiscent of the beat music productions of the Wahrschauer Pakt, whereby the withdrawal of the voice creates a bridge to western productions. The album is full of great pop songs and impresses with its diversity and extremely high hit density.
02. Gasmask Terror - Chape de Plomb LP (Destructure)
Gasmask Terror grew dear to my heart when I saw them at a festival in a kind of Paris squad in 2017. The beer price for a poor, warm canned beer was 5, - € and my mood was accordingly. Gasmask Terror played pretty much at the end and then immediately knocked everything down with their Totalitär-, Discharge-influenced D-beat. Chape de Plomb, their third album from 2015 doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but nevertheless beats its way pleasantly and aggressively through the sadness of the modern world and thus at least conveys a little revolt.
03. Maxthor – Fiction LP (Electronic Purification) Electronic Purification, my favorite label for Retrowave, has struck again. Fiction is the second album by the Madrid band and captivates with its timid excursions into the realm of soft rock. When I hear the songs, memories of the summer camp discos of my childhood come to mind. I had no idea about music, sat anxiously on the edge and tormented myself through Modern Talking, Sandra, only to jump up at AC / DC, Cure or Die Ärzte and perform wondrous movements. Now and then compositions by Alphaville; Bronski Beat and Bolland and Bolland, whose strength I could not escape despite my inner struggle and striving. I am equally fascinated by the permanently destructively coded pieces by the three Madrid-based players. Neon light, a supercooled atmosphere and the hopeful wait for the first kiss. More 80s is not possible.
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