Boomkat Product Review:
Timo Van Lujik’s amazing La Scie Dorée label excavate and reissue a little known private pressing from the Lowlands, 1980, a chamber-pop / post-punk pearl that predates Gareth Williams & Mary Currie’s ‘Flaming Tunes’ by a good 5 years but which uncannily presses the same DIY/Art-pop buttons.
‘Home Comfort’ is the sole album of memorable, surreal and intimate songwriting by Mark Glynne & Bart Zwier, a teenage personal fave of Timo Van Lujik (aka Elodie) who was among the scant few who managed to nab a copy of its elusive first pressing. Their blend of enigmatic production and memorable hooks should be easily understood by disciples of Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis’s Dome, as well as This Heat, or the weirder ends of early Pink Floyd, and although more “pop” than anything in Van Lujik’s microcosm, it’s not hard to hear kernels of inspiration for his own wonderful music in its quieter, richly atmospheric moments.
Glynne and Zwier didn't exactly write songs in the traditional sense, instead preferring to work in long form and allow their ideas to ooze over the lines. A folk-pop refrain dissolves into synth drone, angular rhythms spiral into noise, field recordings wash away into fiddles and woodwind. More prog than punk, their music is stripped of the genre's inherent pomposity, presenting a pop variant that’s high minded but resolutely DIY, testing the form with each movement and change of pace.
You Ishihara (White Heaven, The Stars) sums the album most poetically: “Resignation and fear in a desolate mental landscape. This album, which exists like a shelter for those who have quietly escaped through the backdoor of the world, vividly reflects the inner depths of the devastated Amsterdam of the early 80's. A beautiful and sad, unmistakable masterpiece.”
We’re heavily inclined to agree.