Boomkat Product Review:
Expanded first reissue of a calm 1991 new age LP by Liquid Liquid drummer Dennis Young, whose work on classic ‘Cavern’ is a cornerstone of hip hop and punk-funk
While the rest of the world slept on Young’s late ‘80s series of new age tapes, the keen ears at Daehan Electronics have been steadily excavating their goodies from releases that got a domestic pressing in their native Korea. Now, hot on the heels of an ace 1988 volume, ‘Visions’, they now unfurl more magick with that album’s follow-up, ‘Sojourn’, replete with three bonus tracks from the same 1989 sessions.
It’s practically worth it for one of the unreleased bits, ‘Heartsong’, whose angelic synth chorale speaks as much to Young’s career as film soundtrack composer as his enduring influence over dance music, while ‘Fantasia’ uncannily follows suit with a choral riff that’s half a note away from the central motif in Forgemasters ‘Track With No Name’, but set to slow MIDI drums. The album continues to reveal special new angles thru the B-side’s other unreleased peach, an ambient-pop mediation ‘Ancient Past’ sounding like Arpanet meets Lewis, which triggers a marmite sequence of songs right on the cusp of new age fromage and stellar sincerity. Very safe to say the highlights more than make up for any off moments, though.