Following on from the Genesis P-Orridge is dead vibe,he did once boast about trying to commit suicide on stage and failing (accidentely) so we shouldn't be too sad,he just failed to die onstage thats all.
I always wondered what the 'P' in his name stood for?.....Why not 'Philip'?....it seems like a good industrial musick nom de plume because there were at least two Philips in the early DIY days of Industrial culture, and Philip Sanderson os Snatch Tapes, and Storm Bugs fame,is one of these Philips....along with Genesis Philip Orridge,and Philip Johnson of course.
Here's a drearily normal 'tell you whats on the album' type Review of "Back Projection" by Jerry Kranitz from the Aural Innovations blog.I hate reviews like this,but it saves me from writing anything much,and Philip seems to like it so....?
But first,more tedious review background info:
Back Projection was originally released as a Snatch Tapes digital release in 2014, here it is with a couple of bonus tracks curtosy of the Philip himself. It's a largely song based album, which involved firstly creating analogue synth sequences onto/into which vocals were force fed says the Philip.
"Philip Sanderson is a veteran of the UK homemade music/cassette culture underground, his Snatch Tapes label having formed in the heady DIY days of the late 70s. My last run in with Sanderson was his 2012 released Hollow Gravity LP, brought to the world by the Puer Gravy label, run by those creative wild men Eric and Matt of Vas Deferens Organization (VDO).
Back Projection is a 9-track set of 3 instrumentals and 6 songs, apparently the first songs Sanderson has recorded in a long time. As Sanderson explains, “The tracks all started as free-form analogue synthesizer & sequencer improvisations using a long delay to build up polymorphous patterns. With the addition of vocals and some judicious editing these tracks morphed into songs.”
Among the instrumentals is Industrial Shadows, which is like VDO or the Residents playing to the rhythmic riff of Pink Floyd’s One Of These Days. Lost In A Brut Smog is an alien symphonic piece, with avant-concert piano accompanied by whizzing and whirring effects and surrounded by a heavenly cosmic aura. Wind Up goes deep into early 70s Kosmiche, but with an experimental twist, in a way not unlike VDOs Saturation and Zyzzybalubah albums did. I love the planetarium image inducing atmospherics and effects combined with merrily rhythmic pulsations, bleeps and tones.
The songs kick off with Down A Denny Lane, a delightfully odd and dark, yet slightly whimsical song, like Paul Roland with Goblin as his backing band. It’s got a ghostly feel, and a touch of early 70s German Kosmiche, yet there’s also a melange of cool and strange electronics creating off-kilter rhythms and effects. Back Projection is like a twisted cross between Peter Hammill and Anthony Phillips as the song tiddles along at a jagged but gently rolling pace. Kite (we thought it would be OK but the wind changed) is a hauntingly lulling Psychedelic song with a Pagan-Folk feel, yet includes spaced out atmospherics and is peppered with a plodding electronic melody that sounds interesting alongside the plucking medieval stringed instrument. Two songs that approach a gnarled brand of Pop are Ghost Of Substance and Manchmall. The former is a nifty bit of spacey electro Prog-Pop, and Manchmall is a merrily whimsical and melodic Space-Pop tune. Finally, Wonder Where You Wander is a vocal number, but covers much of the territory that the instrumentals have, being a darkly haunting yet cosmically uplifting song.
In summary, this is a fun set, the magic of the music being the variety of creatively strange elements that Sanderson incorporates throughout. Sanderson has a flair for a good melodic song, and these tunes are both catchy and cosmically eccentric."
Jeez!...Thank christ thats over. Like a landscape painting,you may as well just take a photograph rather than paint one.Just read the description rather than listen to it in this case.But better still, Just listen to it and don't read the description or explanations.
Its got two bonus tracks that aren't covered by the review anyway.
Tracklist & unnecessary explanations:
01 Industrial Shadows
OK so we start with an instrumental pondering what might have been if Hank rather than Cosey had been in TG.
The lyrics are from a 1970s safety film about the dangers of trying to retrieve one’s kite from a high voltage pylon.
03 Down a Denny Lane
“Go now before it’s far too late, go now thee majesty won’t wait.” Poor old Denny.
04 Ghost of Substance
A pop tart track about nothing ghosts.
05 Bubble Drum
If Storm Bugs had coaxed Roger Keith Barrett into the studio it might have sounded like this.
We had a bearded drama teacher in the 1970s who was so enthusiastic – he wore bell bottoms and a beard. This one is for him.
You know how we all enjoyed Faust etc singing in slightly off English. Here the favour is returned in bad German.
08 Lost In a Brut Smog
A veritable pea souper or anagram of Storm Bug.
09 White Van Man
Found my old punk voice in the attic gasping for air.
10 Wonder Where You Wander
Where are all those young dudes who spent the 1980s signing on?
11 Back Projection
Title track, right at the end.