Boomkat Product Review:
Insatiable diggers Left Ear pluck out a proper, minimal ambient curio from 1987 for its maiden vinyl excursion and necessary introduction to the world at large.
Picture Music’s eponymous, self-released promo cassette remains the only trace of the late night gatherings of friends, Rainer Guth, Jon Anderson, Gary McFeat & Rod Owen in mid-‘80s Brisbane, Australia. Nowadays a fêted and rarely seen collectors item, ‘Picture Music’ stands as testament to their long nights-into-mornings spent together, making music and partying by the cool of night and candlelight as their equipment would simply overheat and crash in the sub-tropical heat of daytime.
The clue to Picture Music’s sound is in the title of the band, who flock around the notion of making music for pictures, or film soundtracks, as intended for potential clients or for sale on the market. It’s not disclosed whether they lived up to their original aim, but Picture Music’s work surely endures on that basis, yielding a quiet, gauzy tapestry of instrumental synths and guitars that evoke the new age promise of their era with aspects comparable to soundtracks by Tangerine Dream or Eno.
You should expect a discretely personalised and quietly tender trip from start to finish, sweeping gently from the Mick Karn-esque fretless bass slides and lissom Spanish guitar of ‘Bus Stop Dawn’ thru the twinkling starlight synths of ‘Hole in the Wall’ to the feathered electro-jazz of ‘Ivory Coast’ and love scene lustre of ‘Pillow Music’ and aerial romance of ‘Aviation for Beginners’.