Believer/Law - “Matters of Life and Death” (2014)

I initially dropped the needle on Matters of Life and Death with my Rega set to 33 1/3 rpm and thought to myself, “huh, this has a bit of a Tangerine Dream quality to it”.  Then I realized it was meant to be played at 45 rpm (♠) and started over.

It doesn’t sound that much like Tangerine Dream any more.

OK, so the synths could be Tangerine Dream-ish, though at the proper speed they’re much more deliberate and less dreamy.  The vocals, however, are very insistent, like shouting from a distance, straining the vocal chords but not overwhelming to the listener.  While the synths are a bit retro, the complete package has an IDM kind of urgency to it, particularly “The Task At Hand”.

This is another title from the batch I recently bought from Chondritic Sounds.  It’s available online HERE for listen and purchase.  I have the gray version of the vinyl (edition of 200), which sounds great.  I can’t speak to the other two pressings, white (100 copies) and black (300 copies).

(♠)  Why oh why do they sometimes not tell us the record is supposed to be played at 45 rpm?  It’s been a pet peeve of mine for a long time.