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LP released: Jul 26, 2019

MARTIN REV
CHEYENNE
Label: BUREAU B
Cat No: BB3171LP
Barcode: 4015698027259
Packaging: LP Regular

Although it was not released until 1991, Martin Rev's third
solo album features a wealth of material from the year
1980. For "Cheyenne", Rev created instrumental versions
of many of the tracks which had formed the basis of the
second Suicide LP entitled "Alan Vega / Martin Rev".
The sphere of Martin Rev's influence and the relevance of
his music may well be related to the fact that he was one
of the first artists who succeeded in grasping the
abstraction of electronic music, infusing it with a sense of
immediacy built on raw energy.
Whilst the likes of La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve
Reich, Philip Glass and Kraftwerk were busy digging in the
electronic music garden, Martin Rev found inspiration in
the streets of New York. Rev's music is informed by
characteristic influences of the city, a place where doo-
wop harmonies intermingle with the hiss and hum of the
metropolis, dissolving into a collage of noise.
So it is that dreamy, chiming melodies blur into ominous
whirrs and drones emanating from rhythm machines and
layers of distorted synthesizer. This polarity between
convergence and alienation describes something deeply
American, as reflected in the track names and the cover
image of a rodeo rider:
"The idea came from the way the tracks sounded as
instrumentals. They took on a different visually
descriptive dimension, even more so in combination. The
visualization was an immediate soundscape of the
American landscape. That's where the titles and cover
came from."
Many of the pieces found on Cheyenne can be traced back
to the sessions for the second Suicide album Alan
Vega / Martin Rev (1980) which was produced by Ric
Ocasek, singer for The Cars. Almost a decade passed
before Martin Rev got around to editing and developing
the material.
"Most of the album was recorded in 1980, but the
remaining few tracks from 1988 into the early 90's. The
80's tracks all went under a concerted editing process, to
make them work for me even better as instrumentals. I
didn't get around to that until there was an offer to
release them, which was in the early 90's as well."
Indeed, Cheyenne plays out like a rural, yet intense road
movie, crossing a landscape rich in beauty and
contradictions.

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