Boomkat Product Review:
Extraordinary, previously unreleased album of mid-90s lo-fi pop from Krautrock iconocast, Juergen Gleue of 39 Clocks. De Stijl denote Gleue as "arguably...the most important exponent of electrified German sound since the late 1970s" which is a big claim to make, but really holds some ground once you've ingested his darkly ambiguous loner missives. It's a bewildering fact that this was never released, such is its alarmingly prescient sound, prefiguring the synths, drowned and deadpan vocals and guitar setup of so many lo-fi operators dipping in the ponds of cold European synthwave and bluesy garage pop. In the shabby blues meandering and strangely arabesque synth of 'Day Is Slowly Turning Into Sleep When Your Bed Is Upside Down' we can hear a prototype for the Rare Youth Records' Larry Marshall LP, and in the deadpan delivery and almost out-of-time (and tune) 'Afternoon Non-Happenings No.2' a nascent Blank Dogs, while the thin desert blues of 'Paradox Box' comes off like the heavily accented (and sedated) somniloquence of Mark E Smith.