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A strange, beautiful collection of great quality,
This review is from: Colossal Youth (Audio CD)
I first heard one of their songs on Annie Nightingale's show on Radio 1 back in the early 80s and spent ages trying to find out more about this band. Finally in about 1985 I got hold of the vinyl 'Colossal Youth' and was welcomed into an eerie world of unique making. The music is very sparse, with guitar, bass, vocals and drum-machine only (I swear one of the 'beats' is a recording of a tennis ball hitting a wall or a racket), but this makes the songs all the more compelling. The sound thus created sits in that fine balance between raw and polished, without being under- or over-produced. The lyrics, sung in Alison Statton's haunting vocals, are curious, intriguing and touching.
This music is definitely something of a precursor to the more unusual British girl-singer indie-band such as the Sundays and Portishead, and all the more interesting as, unlike other bands, the music is still very fresh and not at all dated. Many highly influential bands formed at this time: this is one of them. It's a great shame that the Young Marble Giants didn't survive to become better known, and I'd love to know what they could have achieved had they stuck together.