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New (old) Musik,
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New Musik were always an alternative synth band that fell under the radar of most people of my record buying generation. A cassette tape I had as a teenager was literally played to decimation and it's only now, in this day of CD and online buying that I've been able to get re-aquainted with their catchy and quirky little pop songs.
Their sound is a distinctive chug-chug electronic drum with percussion rhythm base, strummed acoustic guitars and often pretty, plinky-plonk, and sometimes experimental synthesizer embellishments. Tony Mansfield's trademark vocals are a little thin and nasal but this actually suits the band's rather synthetic and 'modern' sound.
Highlights have always been, for me 'World Of Water', with its vocoder-infused backing vocals, the commercial and catchy 'Living By Numbers', 'On Islands' and 'Sanctuary' and all these appear on this compilation. The three bonus tracks 'Missing Persons', 'She's a Magazine' and especially 'Sad Films' are very welcome as they're some of the best of the entire lot.
New Musik will always be an interesting and quality outfit whose music is nice to go back to every now and then, being refreshing once in a while, but nothing much greater than that. Nice compilation, though and recommended.