Boomkat Product Review:
40th anniversary edition of a seminal wave oddity by revered French outlier Bernard Szajner, originally issued by Pathé Marconi EMI, and here in its expand version with three bonus tracks - RIYL owt from Richard Youngs and Alexander Tucker to Laszlo Hortobagyi or Craig Leon
Like any magic worth the effort, ‘Some Deaths Take Forever’ still casts a beguiling spell 40 years later. In the seven original songs, and three new bonus bits, he hashes out a singular blend of wayward electro, prog rock, kosmiche, and between worlds styles with a sense of innovation and freedom that has blessed Szajner best, including his imagined soundtrack for Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’ that surfaced post-fact in the past decade.
Of the original haul, his mix of zig-zagging arps and distorted electro snares with vocoder and keys in ‘Welcome To Death Row’ sound uncannily future-proofed, while ‘Ritual’ could almost be a Richard Youngs experiment, ‘Execute’ sounds like some sort of proto-Drexciyan spawn, and ’Suspended Animation’ feels as though beamed in from other dimensions. The bonus cuts follow on with a sublime trek into Craig Leon-like lilting rhythmelody and space music, alongside the puckered gallic synth prog of ‘A Single Broken Wing’, and melt-on-the-mind bleep space of ’S-n-o-w-p-r-i-n-t-s.’