Boomkat Product Review:
In their continuing quest to re-issue some of the finest forgotten music from the new wave/industrial era LTM have managed to re-introduce some simply unmissable music to the world, not least the shockingly good and long-forgotten Disques du Crepescule catalogue. This latest double pack, however, originates from a different part of the world altogeher - Australia. Severed Heads emerged with the industrial movement in the late 70s, but were quickly adopted by the synthpop fraternity. Truthfully their music had more in common with John Foxx and Tubeway Army than Nurse With Wound, and at some point the band, led by Tom Ellard (who selected and remastered this compilation) even flirted with commercial success. They called themselves a multimedia band and experimented with visuals and new media formats (releasing on cdr and digital formats way before most other bands) but what stands out for me here is the sheer quality of the songs. This is proto-electro music, influenced by the Germanic sounds of Kraftwerk no doubt, but with an attention to detail and a production value that makes it difficult to understand how they never achieved the popularity of a band like the Human League. Just flick over to the sultry electronic shuffle of 'A Million Angels' or the blipping drum-machine led 'Bless this House' and you'll realise how well these songs stand the test of time. This is simply great electronic music, made with the kind of analogue equipment which would now set you back a small fortune. If you've never heard the Severed Heads before, this double cd will be quite a treasured discovery. Recommended.