Boomkat Product Review:
Pete Kember (otherwise known as Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3) teamed up with Simeon of legendary '60s electronic innovators Silver Apples for this EP, originally released in 1998. It's been out of print for a good long while, so this reissue is a valuable reintroduction to what's become a highly lauded and sought after recording. The various electronic instruments and oscillators used by Kember and Simeon invoke a timelessly purist electronic aesthetic, occasionally augmented by the presence of additional musicians Will Carruthers, Iain Worrall and Alf Hardy, who add bass, drums and yet more layers of electronics to the mix. 'Streams Of Sorrow' sets the mini album on course, having the closest run-in with the synth and drums combo of the early Silver Apples sound, while shorter tracks like 'Sixth Sense' and 'Second Sight' explore droning timbres (sounding rather like the short-form sound designs that crop up on Radiophonic Workshop compilations). Simeon delivers a spoken-word narrative on 'The Edge', resting his vocal on a rhythmically charged backdrop of electronic squawks and hiccuping human voice synthesizer, while elsewhere you can hear a bit of Suicide creeping into 'Whirlwind', before the album closes on '(I Don't Care) If You Never Come Back', which is like a short-loop take on the White Noise sound. Lake Of Teardrops has endured surprisingly well over these ten years since its first appearance, and is well worth investigation by all you analogue electronics hounds.