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A treasure for Norwegian disco, electro-pop, and ambient archaeologists alike; Geir Jenssen aka Biosphere’s earliest work as E-Man is comprehensively collected with 14 tracks spanning 1983-84 - RIYL Kraftwerk, Cybotron, Oppenheimer Analysis
First issued in 1984 and and subsequently with additional tracks by The Tapeworm in 2009 - same as this edition on Jenssen’s Biophon label - ‘E-Man’ makes clear the inspirations and early stirrings of an artist who would help to define European electronic music in the ‘90s. The style is very much of its time, full of perky, jerky machine rhythms and piquant synth pointillism nodding to Kraftwerk, with vocals from the Depeche Mode playbook in ‘Great Nations’, and literally YMO on ‘Hosono’, but also betraying seeds of tonal and melodic ideas in the ‘Upland’ vignettes that he would explore much more richly on later work. It also includes a number of collaborative works with another Trømso native Per Martinsen (Mental Overdrive) and his Bel Canto bandmate Nils Johansen, key figures from the Norwegian scene who would make significant contributions in their own rights.