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Ruth's 'Polaroid/Roman/Photo' is one of the most extraordinary archival discoveries to resurface thanks to a groundswell of vintage '80s coldwave/darkwave/synth-pop.
Angular included it as part of their awesome 'Cold Waves & Minimal Electronics' compilation, and now give the full original album a well warranted reissue 25 years after the drop. The fact that the original only sold 50 copies back in 1985 means it exchanges hands for over £300 these days, which should tell you something about its cult status in the annals of underground synth pop.
Parisian graphic artist and photographer, Thierry Müller, drew upon his inspirations from Eno to Neu, Kraftwerk and the Velvets to create seven tracks of darkly sexy French synth music, from the noirish, wiry collage of 'Thriller' to that unmistakable 'Polaroid/Roman/Photo', via a cover of Can's 'She Brings The Rain' and the Afrobeat-disco-spiked 'Mabelle' or the brilliantly odd 'Tu M'ennuies'. Like the most outstanding artifacts of this era,
Ruth uses the same instruments as everyone else, yet manages to create something so distinctly characteristic and with such a strong personality that it would always eventually get the attention it deserves.