Boomkat Product Review:
Some of the greatest New Beat, Industrial/EBM and loner synth music you’ve never heard compiled for the first time ever in Dirk Desaever’s amazing ‘Collected 1984-1989 (Long Play)’ - all combed from a massive unreleased vault, painstakingly restored, by Geneva’s generous Musique Pour La Dans label.
Featuring 16 previously unreleased/unheard cuts (save for one track off a rare 7”), ‘Collected 1984-1989 (Long Play)’ is the centrepiece of Dirk Desaever’s long-awaited reissue programme. It features a stunning haul of mid-late ‘80s Belgian music riddled with a uniquely playful, dark, sleazy and brooding character that we can’t get enough of.
Variously known as A Thunder Orchestra, Danton’s Voice and White House White to OG ‘80s fiends, and more recently via choice reissues from Minimal Wave and Walhalla a.o., it’s under his own name that we get to hear Dirk Desaever’s most personalized and alluring work; ranging from beautiful bedsit synth dreams and sex dungeon-ready etudes worthy of Coil B-sides, thru to melancholic EBM and medieval proto-grime/techno.
Collected, the results form something like an imaginary or lost soundtrack to a cyberpunk flick set in Belgium’s mix of old and shiny, futurist architecture. Opening with the beatless, baroque synth study ‘Orchestra 15’, the set oscillates in and out of the shadows from the wickedly resolving drum patterns of his cenobite jack trak ‘Talk About The Usual And Unusual Things’, to a creepily daft but brilliant ‘Medieval’ set dance sounding like Wiley gone pagan, thru to pulpy midnight synth cues such as ‘Dzjingle 9’ and the drugged-up robot swagger of ‘Ein Spielzeug’ and ‘Orchestra 10’.
But, if we’re pushed for favourites, it’s the more romantic/dramatic arrangements that really get us here, namely the beautifully weightless ambient-pop soul of ‘The Same, Same Story’, also when he appears to channel Lewis auditioning for the Phantom of The Opera on ‘And Suddenly’, and no doubt the salty-sweet dance-pop jangle of ‘You Laugh With Every Little Joke’ which ends the set like an expertly picked closing credits theme.
Very simply, fans of outsider synth music, lo-fi dance trax, the dankest EBM and proto-techno oddities will obsess over this LP - for us it’s already up there among the best reissues of the last few years. Unmissable.