Poutre Apparente PALP-008
Edition of 500 copies that reissues the original Plus Instruments album released by the Kremlin label in 1981 and featuring a pre-Sonic Youth Lee Ranaldo alongside Truus de Groot and David Linton: Linton and De Groot hooked up at a Rhys Chatham performance in Eindhoven 1980, when Linton was then drumming for him. When the duo moved together to NYC and began jamming along to backing tapes of crude rhythmic synth noise they attracted the attention of Linton’s roommate Ranaldo and so Plus Instruments were born. Listened to now they occupy a weirdo zone somewhere between European Cold Wave (de Groot was from The Netherlands and switches between Dutch and English language vocals), hyper-energetic UK DIY, minimal electronics and avant garage, thanks to Ranaldo’s explosive noise guitar accompaniment. Think Silver Apples by way of the original Manchester Musicians Collective injected with some classic refusenik NY scorch and you’re halfway there. Some of the instrumental passages touch on a more electro-Pere Ubu or Simply Saucer, making for a beautifully confusing historical polyglot. Comes with liners and an insert – recommended!