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Properly crafty, esoteric Casio jams from barely-known ‘80s artist Jack Briece, the latest outsider soul highlighted by Jed Bindeman’s amazing Concentric Circles label with a first ever vinyl issue of his sole, barely-known 1984 tape - a big RIYL Jun Chikuma, early Æ, Lovely Music classics, Irdial’s Mariopaint comp, Frederik Schikowski (remember him?!), the Diskono / Irritant axis!
Practically unknown beyond Bindeman’s house, the deeply endearing 8-bit lather of ‘Heterophonious Fool’ was only ever available in an edition of 50 self-distributed tapes made in 1984, only years before Briece sadly died of AIDS related complications in 1988. Aside from a couple of videos with barely any views on YouTube, Briece’s work has been a preserve of the avant garde margins for the past 30 years, and our guess is as good as yours to how Bindeman keeps plucking out these kind of pearls, but thank chuff he did because frankly we might never get to revel in Briece’s bittersweet charms without his guidance.
Built with minimal means that belie the music’s inspiration from the I Ching, it’s perhaps testament to Briece’s charming spirit that his lofty ideas are easily digestible and never in the way of its potential enjoyment. You’ll surely know from the first fizz of drum machines and curdled melody in ’Seventh Heaven’ if it’s your bag, and if so, attention will be rewarded with 9 mins of elemental electronic beauty recalling Woo-meets-Werkbund in ‘Arousing Wind and Thunder’, while the tremulous hi-hats and scattergun rhythm of ‘Peace’ could easily be mistaken for a section of Autechre’s Lego Feet, and comparison between that amazing batch of Paul DeMarinis’ ‘Songs Without Throats’ (among our AOY ’19) and Briece’s gloriously free-sprouting 8-bit babble in ‘Pushup Words and Food’ is inevitable.
Aside from putting a smile on the mugs of the pickiest electronic music fiends, long overlooked releases like this can be taken as encouragement to follow your nose and forget about contemporary “acclaim”, 'cuz eventually heads almost always find the good stuff...