Robert Rental, (I'm devastated that that wasn't his real sir name!) made unheralded electronic DIY at the very beginning of the Synth revolution in 1978, and died relatively young and releatively unknown and forgotten. You don't see miserable youth's wearing Robert Rental T-shirts moping around on street corners,whilest listening to "Live at west Runton Pavillion" on their iPod mini's, do you|? Why?......do you really want me to answer that?
He mainly stuck to collaborative efforts with scotch Buddy Thomas Leer,or The Normal.Only releasing two singles and a self released cassette (Mental Detentions) in his short and obscure career.
The very DIY single "Paralysis"(1978) is a wobbly, processed, after the pub kind of understated bedroom classic; as is the B-side "ACC", both including some almost competent disco guitar strumming.
The legendary "Mental Detentions" cassette (1979), contains a far more exploratory electronic set, betraying a krautrock/kosmiche influence in glorious lo-fi.A dark and mysterious collection of intriguing instrumentals.
The "Double Heart" single is the weakest thing here, surrounded by Mute label starlets,its some kind of attempt to make a pop record,but thankfully fails.Still a strange beast, which sounds a bit like three different tunes playing at the same time, with Rentals weak wobbly vocals atop.
Robert Donnacie was heard from no more after 1980.This is how a career in pop should be.
(check out "The Bridge" with Thomas Leer Here; and "Live at West Runton Pavillion" with Daniel 'The Normal' Miller Here)
Paralysis (Regular Records) 1978:
Mental Detentions (Self Released cassette) 1979
Double Heart (Mute 010) 1980
1- Double Heart
2- On Location
DOWNLOAD the lot HERE!