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GLISSANDRO 70
Glissandro 70

CST037
Constellation 2006
05 Tracks. 36mins23secs

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From the warm chords that open Something, this album is a real delight, an apt homage to that clutch of classic West End records that emerged in those iconic pink sleeves in the mid to late eighties. For a time while the Paradise Garage and Larry Levan reigned supreme West End truly was “where the sun sets and the stars rise”. Crucially it was a label where artists could experiment – wild remixes often became the version of choice. See for example Ednah Holt’s Serious Sirius Space Party or Loose Joints’ Is It All Over My Face. A lot of this spirit is contained here.

The paper and glue collage is not the only reference to this golden era of New York’s underground disco scene. Most notably the album’s stand out track Analogue Shantytown with its odd meter and muted refrain owes a huge debt to avant-garde disco pioneer Arthur Russell. The track even ends with a haunted echo of cello in homage to the great man. Elsewhere, there are references to other scene setters Talking Heads. End West features a chant from Pulled Up from the seminal album 77, before descending into a gloriously extended dub disco freak out.

This is no mere pastiche of jagged eighties sensibilities however. Bolan Muppets for example suggests where people like Russell and producer Walter Gibbons may have taken their dub disco experiments had they been alive to experience the post rock of bands like Tortoise. There’s a bit of everything here, crammed into a joyful thirty-six-minute package, all the more surprising when you consider the record comes from the Montreal-based label which is home to the somewhat austere post rockers Godspeed! You Black Emperor and Do Make Say Think.

Stuart Aitken

3.8/5

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TRACKLIST

Something
Analogue Shantytown
Bolan Muppets
Portugal Rua Rua
End West

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