Boomkat Product Review:
**Triple LP and DVD housed in rigid, glossy-coated boxset. 36 tracks restored and remastered by Anders Peterson: total playing time 165 mins. Edition of 500 with individually-numbered certificate of ownership** Welcome to the darkly enchanting minimal synth-pop and psych-tinged world of The Modern Art. As an introduction to the world of Coil and Current 93 collaborator Gary Ramon and his orbiting bandmates, you can't do better than 'Sonic Dimensions 1982-1985', featuring stacks of previously tape-only releases for the Color Disc label now pressed to vinyl for the first time, alongside an entire LP of unreleased and killer material originally planned for issue in 1985. While veering between dancefloor-ready pulses and more maudlin, detached themes, thanks to Gary's distinctive, deadpan croon there's a very personal sensibility which unites all these tracks. If we're picking highlights - of which there are many - we'd have to draw for the twitchy pulses and arcing guitar jangles of 'Hello/Gøødbye' or the distinctly Coil-esque drone-pop 'Driftwood (Publisher Demo)', and the arpeggiated EBM lustre of 'Fatal Crash Immersed The Start' off the first disc, or the taut, Dome-like industrial dance music of 'Clear Light', the jangling C86 charms of 'Beach On The Horizon (Publisher Demo)' or the poignant electro-dub vignette 'Dimension (Edit)' from a poppier slew on the third plate. And it's testament to his talent that the 2nd disc of totally unreleased gear is just as great, offering a haul of aces such as the New Ordre-esque 'Confrontation', the mangled electronics and chiming guitars of 'Red Tornado', or the shimmering triplet downbeats and haunted vocal of 'Sight and Søund'.