Victrola

Born From The Water: Demos 1983-1985

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Dark Entries

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Victrola is the duo of Antonio "Eze" Cuscina and Carlo Smeriglio from Messina, Italy. The band formed in 1979 but shortly thereafter relocated to Florence take part in a rich musical scene alongside Neon, Pankow, Alexander Robotnick, and Diaframma. Beginning as a 4-piece (two guitarists, bassist, drummer) they slimmed down to a synthesizer and guitar-based duo by 1982. Their sole release was the now classic "Maritime Tatami"/"A Game Of Despair" EP from 1983, which we reissued in 2012.
'Born From The Water' is a 12 song collection of unreleased demos recorded between 1983 and 1985. The band sent the label over 100 cassettes, through which they dug to compile the first volume of their archival darkwave ballads. They used an array of Roland synthesizers (TR-606, TB-303, TR-909, Juno 6) plus a Korg Polysix, Yamaha DX7, Casio VL-Tone VL-1, DR-55 Dr. Rhythm, and Fender Stratocaster and Jazz Bass. Some of the songs would later appear on various compilations, but the versions presented here are unique. “Victrola” engulfs the listener with trance-inducing synth lines, oblique minor-key bass lines, angular guitar riffs, and melancholic vocals. The songs tell tales of youth, love, karma, and the decline of civilization in modern times. Each song has been carefully remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The records come housed in a jacket designed by Eloise Leigh, which uses motifs from the band's sole release and includes an insert with liner notes and photos.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Dark Entries look past algorithm classic "Maritime Tatami" to give us a gnarly collection of unreleased material from Italian synth-goths Victrola. If you're in search of the sublime I'd suggest hitting the clips for "Tenderface"...

TRACK LISTING

A1. Maritime Tatami
A2. Game Of Despair
A3. Tenderface
B1. Luca's Theme
B2. Point Of No Return
B3. No Memories
C1. The Mutant Glow
C2. Beyond The Door
C3. Waves Under Mine
D1. In Tandem With You
D2. Neveride
D3. Explorer

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