martedì 8 gennaio 2008

Legendary Pink Dots, The - Blacklist (12'' 1989)

The Legendary Pink Dots formed in August 1980 in London. In 1984 the band transplanted itself to Amsterdam which led to a shift in the original lineup, the original bassist Roland Callaway leaving at this time.

The core members of the group are vocalist/songwriter/keyboardist Edward Ka-Spel and keyboardist Phil Knight. Many others have passed through the group over the years. As of 2007[1] the group is comprised of:

* Edward Ka-Spel - vocals, keyboards, songwriter
* Phil Knight (a.k.a. The Silverman) - keyboards, electronics
* Martijn de Kleer - guitars
* Niels van Hoorn (a.k.a. Niels Van Hoornblower) - saxophones, clarinets, flutes, MIDI wind controller
* Raymond Steeg - live sound engineer

The story behind the band's name traces back to the mysteriouse pink dots on certain keys of the bands main recording studio piano named "Osbert", the dots that can be found at either end of the keys do not make any particular chord or scale pattern and the reason for them remains unknown to this day. The piano itself which is still to this day owned by one of the founding band member April White, can be found at her home recording studio in Cambridgeshire.

Their music touches on elements of neo-psychedelia, ambient music, electronic music, tape music, industrial, psych folk, synth-pop and goth rock, with a distinctly experimental/avant-garde bent; their sound has evolved over time and remains distinctive, making it difficult to place the group into a concise style or genre. The group in general (and Ka Spel's lyrics and singing in particular) have earned comparisons to Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett[2]; the group has also been compared to a lot of classics seventies deranged bands as Can [3], Faust, Brainticket, Magma or Neu! (of whom they do their only cover). Anyway, Ka-Spel has said that they have seventies influences not in a "revival way" -think in the non revival "seventies underground reference" of projects like Nurse With Wound, Current 93 or Coil, all close to LPD. A very important fact is that in these days LPD have a lot of influence in younger bands.


A1 Blacklist
B1 Methods
B2 Our Lady In Cervetori

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Thanks to Daniel Bernath for the link!

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