Sunday, July 2

Made to Measure, Vol. 1 (1984)

"Volume 1 initiated Made to Measure, a series of records of experimental soundtrack music, in high form as a compilation with several artists from Crammed Discs' roster. Minimal Compact offer some songs from a ballet, Tuxedomoon weigh in with three pieces from a film score, Benjamin Lew with a sound backdrop to a fashion exhibition, and Aksak Maboul bring in an excerpt from a private movie, as well as music composed for a play. Except for the Minimal Compact cuts, these are instrumentals of various moods and textures, and the various contributors complement each other with similar Euro-art rock aesthetics. Though Tuxedomoon expatriated from the U.S. and Minimal Compact from Israel, both groups have a very European sound, though Minimal Compact do throw some Middle Eastern flute and chanting on 'Too Many of Them.' Otherwise their tracks don't differ too much from what is on their regular albums, clunky rhythms, creepy and subdued art-rock songs. ..."
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YouTube: Minimal Compact - Animal Killers, Tuxedomoon - Fanfare, Aksak Maboul - Mort de Velimir, AKSAK MABOUL Ossip & Lili/Odessa, Tuxedomoon - No One Expects the Spanish Inquisition, Benjamin Lew - A La Rechèrche De B., Minimal Compact - Bat-Yam