Nommos [lp] (Download) [VINYL]
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Vinyl LP pressing. First appearing incongruously on John Fahey's Takoma label in 1981, Nommos remains enshrouded in impenetrable mystery - from its understated artwork to the rich assemblage of analog synths contained inside. According to Head Heritage, Nommos is the 'missing link between the proto-industrial rhythm and drone of Suicide and the whole minimalist drone / static / repetition method of Terry Riley and La Monte Young.' Best known as a producer, Craig Leon worked on landmark debuts from Suicide, Richard Hell, The Ramones and Blondie. Rather than ape the early NYC punk that he helped foster, Leon's own music is filled with lush textures and pulsating rhythm boxes. Comparisons can be made to German innovators such as Cluster and La Dusseldorf, yet Nommos is an unbalanced cosmos marked by anxious melodies, aggressive shifts and spiritual overtones.
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I read the review posted by the artist. I read about the negative reviews regarding the label reissuing this version.
Craig Leon's new recorded versions are available on another record, and the new version sounds... well, different.
From what I understand Mr. Leon wanted to go back and record the album the way he intended. It's similar, of course: but THIS version sounds sneaky and raw. THIS version, whether it's the recording method of the time, the mastering, whatever the reason, sounds darker.
The newly recorded version sounds more polished and precise - and maybe that's what the artist intended.
Anyway, this music on this recording released by Superior Viaduct is fantastic. I like that it sounds so rough and freakish. It sounds almost flat yet still alien.
I am a huge fan of electronic music and whatever recording methods were used at the time make this a great record.