Boomkat Product Review:
Exquisite minimal wave pickings from 1982 Belgium, cooked up on their own 7” for the first time by OnderStroom Records, a division of the far-reaching and excellent Aguirre Records.
Occidental White were a one-off project formed by Bernard Vranckx (synth-FX) and Bernadette Dupont (voice, bass) along with Frédéric Walheer, the latter of whom is best regarded as co-founder of the legendary Sub Rosa label and member of Kaa Antilope and Waving Ondulata. Their sole recordings together first appeared on the (technically unofficial) compilation Walkin’ After Midnight (1982) and are hardly known beyond that set.
Thank chuff, then, for this 7”, presenting the steppers’ delight of Progress Through Research with its percolated drum machines and scribbly synths hingeing around that kind of cutesy, Belgy vocal that we can’t get enough of, and in a way that reminds of Brenda Ray and Naffi Sandwich, or any number of others from that era to be fair. Likewise, the contrasting, downtempo sway of the B-side, Should I Care also gets us right on the melancholy sweet spot, especially when quivering synth top line comes in.