Despite wonderful records from many luminaries within the synth | minimal | electronica world over the last few years (Cavern of Anti-Matter, Pye Corner Audio, Colin Potter etc etc), Polytechnic Youth’s next full length is especially close to PY head, Dom’s heart and firmly in the “honour to do” camp.
As a Bunnymen fan since the early 80s, this curiously out there and completely stand alone, solo LP from Will Sergeant came as a real curveball at the time. Released in 1982 between “Heaven Up Here” and “Porcupine”, the LP honed in on Will’s home 4 track recordings of darkly ambient, exploratory electronica and was self released on his own “92 Happy Customers” label. Worlds away from his work with the Bunnymen, the album has gone onto attain cult status as something of a deeply hidden cornerstone to the UK’s early ‘80s underground DIY / electronic scene.
From it’s almost bleak, very industrial sleeve art with no track titles (instead it’s ‘imaginary film soundtrack’ feel is maintained with the tracks listed as numbered scenes) the record is at times otherworldly -even now- while certain scenes recall the work of Cluster, early Cabs and nods to Eno and perhaps Throbbing Gristle, This Heat or certain Popol Vuh. There was precious little treading a similar path in 1982 and that it was the low key, solo creation of a -by now- huge band’s guitarist, made it all the more baffling.
An utter joy, at times unsettling, at others beautifully atmospheric- the record still flows majestically well, and although a CD was reissued some time ago, this is its first official LP reissue. Released as a duo- coloured wax pressing of 500 in original sleeve art. It is hoped that “Electronic Sound” will run a corresponding piece to co-run with the album’s reissue, and by chance, it also coincides with Will’s first book on life within the Bunnymen for over 40 years.
A beautiful duo coloured splatter wax edition of 500 in reversed board sleeve and expected to sell out sharply….