PERFECT IMPERFECT CIRCULAR-TEN YEARS SWEATING DIAMONDS, RECORDED: 1986-1992, USA, UNRELEASED MP3/Flac
I've made a point in the past of highlighting the gripping post punk interventions that Bill Shifflette and crew undertook under the Null And Void banner back in the early 80's, among them an unreleased third album that may yet see the light of day after all, according to Bill. But as it happens, Null And Void were far from the end of the story. Perfect Imperfect Circular charts Shifflette and his comrades' continued probings after the conclusion of Null And Void, with their output here showing little in the way of the flagging energies exhibited by so many other post punk operators as the 80's ground on. Indeed, it's easy to trace the lines of inquiry forward from some of the brash Ultravox-like maneuvers of Null And Void through to the more pop-centric constructs here. New to Shifflette's arsenal is a sorta post Siren-era Roxy swagger alongside an undeniable whiff of The Associates that runs like a seam through several cuts, albeit with the elaborate studio crafted grandiosity of Billy Mackenzie and Co re-situated within a Revox 4-track context. Superb.
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