Thursday, March 12, 2009
Swell Maps "Whatever Happens Next"
With members including Nikki Sudden and Epic Soundtracks, this English group did little to repel themselves of attractiveness towards the insanity prospective. Unfortunately, both have since passed, so there's no chance of throwing them on your ATP; Sonic Youth would have been there already, anyway.
Swell Maps are a group that could be considered remarkably akin to the Neu Deutsch Welle featured on the record from the last post. Their part in the birth of post-punk to me was less of an inspiration to what that genre would become in the early eighties to what it actually became with the revival in the late nineties and the immediate progression into the early twenty first century. Asides from such counterparts as This Heat, this English project was quite unique in its own right for a few years, and still retains an identity with integrity to this very day. "What Happens Next" is a collection of quite peculiar assortments from their very early days (1974) onwards, and although not quite the opal of their corpus, it's a great view into the remarkable world of Swell Maps.
The following text with jam button potential comes with thanks to the blog Wilfully Obscure, which I hope doesn't mind my using of it:
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