Boomkat Product Review:
The Finders Keepers bloodhound has sniffed out a real doozy with these previously unheard early experiments by Manchester's Trase (Tape Recorders And Synthesiser Ensemble). Influenced by Gary Numan B-sides and inspired by the possibilities of home-built electronic studio equipment, Trase was the brainchild of a then 17 year old student, Andy Popplewell, which only made it as far as the ears of his closest friends. Armed with circuit diagrams for a Chorosynth kit module and tools left him by a recently deceased dad, Andy funded the project with a paper round and odd jobs to realise the potential of his one-man synthetic symphony. And it's a remarkably accomplished piece of work, coming off like a sedated Human League or Joy Division with extra layers of homebrewed electronic bumfluff and naive yet genuinely endearing vitality. The slightly later instrumental version in particular, with its punchy machine patterns and sleek arrangement is practically up to pro studio standards, so it should come as little surprise that Andy has worked for the last 30 years as one of the UK's leading independent tape engineers/editors/archivists. Recommended!