Seminal solo sounds from Chris Carter – best known for his work with Cosey Fanni Tutti, and as a core member of Throbbing Gristle – out here in slightly different territory on his own! Chris follows the spare electronics of his work with Cosey – and some of the tracks definitely have the "beat" promised in the title – but at a level that's nicely subtle, and never sacrifices the overall sonic complexity for the sake of a groove! The record's a very early variant of modes that would later be handled less-skillfully by the end of the decade by so many others – and sounds much better here in the hands of one of the originators – on titles that include "Mondo B", "Moonlight", "Real Life", "Noevil", "Nobadhairdo", and "Beyond Temptation". And be warned – the cover says "this record contains subliminals"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Clear vinyl – with download.)
Chris & Cosey —
Heartbeat ... LP Rough Trade/ConspiracyInternational (UK), 1981. New Copy (reissue)...
The amazing first album from Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti – done after the breakup of Throbbing Gristle, and in a way that really sets the duo apart from the rest of the group! The music is dark, but also very tuneful – analogue electronics used much more clearly than on most TG material – with voices that are processed in ways that work perfectly next to the Casio keyboards and guitars. The whole thing's great – so different than all the others who tried to imitate this mode – and way more than just another cold wave footnote too. Titles include "Put Yourself In Los Angeles", "This Is Me", "Voodoo", "Moorby", "Radio Void", "Just Like You", "Bust Stop", "Heartbeat", and "Manic Melody". LP, Vinyl record album
A completely charming little record from the duo of Chris Carter and Cosi Fanni Tutti – an album that seems to echo some of the more song-based modes of the electro pop scene of the early 80 – but which has a spare darkness that really keeps things interesting! The album proports to contain "backmasking and subliminal messages which may be of a harmful subversive nature" – and while we've never been able to experience them as such, we can definitely say that there's something special going on here – which may well just be the long experience Carter has with electronic music, which already puts him way ahead of the younger cold wave talents. Tracks include the beautiful "Driving Blind" – plus "Talk To Me", "Gardens Of The Pure", "Lament", "Walking Through Heaven", "Chiron", and "Raining Tears Of Blood". LP, Vinyl record album
Chris & Cosey —
Trance ... LP ConspiracyInternational (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)...
After terrifying the underground as part of Throbbing Gristle in the 70s, Chris and Cosey look almost cute on the cover of this classic early album – yet still manage to retain all of the darkness that continues to make the music hold up so well over the years! The elements here are familiar – beats, keyboards, guitars, and processing – of the sort used by so many of their contemporaries, but rarely in ways that move us so much as the duo of Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti – maybe because of all the experience they had going to the farther reaches in TG, which makes the results a lot more powerful when they're in more tuneful territory here. Titles include "Cowboys In Cuba", "Lost", "The Giants Feet", "Impulse", "Re-Education Through Labor", "Secret", "Until", and "The Gates Of Ancient Cities". LP, Vinyl record album