Boomkat Product Review:
A cornerstone of DIY experimental post-punk, Colin Potter’s debut album The Ghost Office  is given a necessary first ever vinyl pressing by Deep Distance one year on from their reissue of The Scythe  and other handy compilation issues such as Sacred Summits’ Entering Again collection and ICR’s own tape reissue scheme.
Recorded between 1979-1980 at IC Studio, then based in Sutton-on-the-Forest outside York, and originally released by Martin Reed’s Mirage label, The Ghost Office is a classic example of that era’s groundbreaking musical spirit; combining dub, electro and krautrock rhythms with psychedelic, kosmische noise in multiple mutations ranging from almost pop-wise songcraft to horizon-scanning motorik flights, and all exemplifying the wide-open approach which would see Potter’s skills as musician and engineer sought out by everyone from regular collaborators Nurse With Wound to fellow post-industrial explorers, Current 93, The Hafler Trio and Organum.
This edition features nine tracks from the original tape’s eleven and combines them with material made around the same era, taking in alternate versions of the album’s kosmic zinger You Tell Me as well as the amazing pieces, Mainland and On Entering York Minster (original mix) from the slightly later A Gain tape, and serving to effectively, slightly reshuffle the history books and present the best portrait of Potter as a keen, naive yet visionary young artist.
Unless you’ve clocked them on YouTube or were quick enough to pick up one of the tape reissues in 2014 (or even an original!), then this will all be new stuff to many ears, and heard on vinyl for the first time - including some really choice pieces such as the punk-pop pogo of Murder By Furniture and the Powell-esque, ‘floor-ready pulse of Number Five on one hand, and the totally absorbing black hole regression of Forest Of Galtres at the other.
No messing; this one’s an essential purchase for any wave riders or heads into the UK’s history of experimental electronic music.