Boomkat Product Review:
RVNG Intl. revisit Kerry Leimer's incredible Savant releases, compiling the group's sole LP and 12" with hard-to-find compilation cuts and three unreleased tracks.
Overlapping dates with last year's solo collection 'A Period of Review (Original Recordings: 1975 - 1983)', this album surveys Leimer at the desk again, but this time cutting up and patching together source material from a gang of like-minded local musicians from Seattle who were just as unconcerned with commercial success and social status as Kerry himself.
The results are a genuinely remarkable addition to the canon of early '80s electronic/new age/4th world experimentalism, sitting very comfortably next to This Heat's tribalistic rhythms and the atmospheres of David Byrne & Brian Eno's 'My Life In The Bush of Ghosts'. Guided by various narrative voices, the tracks from their 1983 album 'The Neo-Realist (At Risk)' are framed between limber drum machines inspired by African percussion, synched with filigree meshes of shimmering synth and guitar in deeply funky and curiously non-conformist arrangements.
Likewise, its predecessor the 'Stationary Dance' 12" ranks up next to the likes of Conny Plank and Holger Czukay's Les Vampyrettes as prime example of this otherwordly aesthetic (and was tellingly included in a Light Sounds Dark compilation), whilst those additional, hard-to-find comp cuts and unreleased gear mark some of his strangest angles in the Sylvian/Sakamoto flex step of 'Deceit in Passion' and the pensile collage of 'The Radio'. Highly recommended!