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For this latest bit of archival activity Stroom pay a visit to Belgum's Dender region in the early years of the 80s, picking up the strangest lovesongs from White Light and Jo Bogart for our audial enjoyment. For the A-side, Ziggy cherry picks the standout tracks from 82's "White Light" and 83's "Playing In A Band". Melancholic but beautiful, "I Want You To Know Me" filters the charm of the Velvets through a bedsit greyscale, while "I Hear A Whale Song" is tremulous bass tones, gloomy drones and ritualist drumming topped with sparse vocals. Over on the flipside we hear from White Light's original bassist Jo Bogaert (better known to me for some of his MEGA New Beat productions) who pours out his reverb soaked heart over the simple drum beat and guitar of "Would You" before stealing the show via the bass driven post-post punk groove of "So Obscene".
Patrick says: Stroom introduce us to the bedsit pop and melancholic wave of Belgium's Aalst with this retrospective 12" featuring the wavy indie of White Light and their OG bassist Jo Bogaert on a solo tip. "So Obscene" takes first prize for me.
A1. White Light - I Want You To Know Me
A2. White Light - I Hear A Whale Song
B1. Jo Bogaert - Would You
B2. Jo Bogaert - So Obscene