Boomkat Product Review:
Unmissable 1st pressing of rare 1980 demo tracks by Caroline K; member of Nocturnal Emissions and the figure behind cult industrial classic ’Now Wait For Last Year’ (1987)
Packing a dancefloor-ready rework by Alessandro Adriani, ‘Don’t Believe It’s Over’ gives an overdue airing of Caroline’s earliest demo tape, which, for some reason, was turned down by labels and left on the shelf until Nigel Ayers included its title song on the Nocturnal Emissions retrospective tape ‘Duty Experiment’ (Soleilmoon, 1988).
For anyone smitten with caroline’s eternally haunting and sole release, ‘Now Wait For Last Year’ (1987) xmas has surely come early this year, as ‘Don’t Believe It’s Over’ patently sounds like a pre-echo of the deliciously gothic industrial swoon found in her debut album.
The original sees Caroline laying down a stately mesh of arps threaded with a hiccuping motif that’s revealed half way thru as a filtered vocal mantra from Beverley Ireland, whom nobody seems to be able to identify, even now. A brooding dub follows, emphasising the groove with puckered bass and stark claps that buoy the vocal with more playful synth vamps, while the instrumental is much more skeletal down affair, and AA’s remix realigns the instrumental and vocal with needling hi-hats in a slow burning groove tightened up for club use.