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LP released: Jul 26, 2019

MARTIN REV
CLOUDS OF GLORY
Label: BUREAU B
Cat No: BB3161LP
Barcode: 4015698027204
Packaging: LP Regular

Martin Rev is best known as one half of the seminal duo
Suicide (with Alan Vega). Listening to his solo albums, it
becomes clear that Rev was responsible for the group's
music.
Clouds of Glory, his second solo effort, was released on
the French label New Rose in 1985.
Suicide mirrored the reductive and radical traits of the
contemporaneous punk scene that was in the process of
emerging, but their electronic, minimalist form of
language was so unique, so innovative, that they would
become a major influence on the likes of Daft Punk, Air
and Aphex Twin.
Alongside his work with Suicide, Martin Rev continued as
a solo artist, releasing his eponymous debut album in
1980 on New York's Infidelity label. Rev's early solo
excursions can be traced back to the original ideas which
can be found - in modified form - in Suicide songs: as
instrumental versions which have been texturally
enriched, like a familiar figure which has nevertheless
taken on a completely new existence.
Five years later, in 1985, Martin Rev released his
sophomore solo LP on the Parisian label New Rose
Records, although the recordings on Clouds Of Glory
actually dated back to the earlier part of the decade,
following on from the Suicide sessions for the duo's
second album.
Martin Rev remembers: "Clouds of Glory was produced
from visual and musical sketches I had in mind which then
coincided with an invitation by Marty Thau, previously
Suicide's manager, to take advantage of studio time he
had accumulated from other projects. The essence of my
ideas was then realized in the studio.
Clouds was started in 1981 and completed in 1984 when
additional studio time was made possible to complete it,
based on the offer by New Rose Records."
In spite of Clouds Of Glory having been recorded with the
same equipment as the Alan Vega / Martin Rev Suicide
album, it occupies a completely different space, evoking
the solemnity of religious music through its underlying
meditative tone.
"I look now upon the album as part of a personal journey
into the frontier of music; a process which is never ending
in its revealing of possibilities to satisfy my musical
aspirations."

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