ROCKET ROBERT - 'Self-titled' (GKL004 / GKL004CD) ALL EDITIONS
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Those who've dirtied their fingers searching high and low for analog synth nuggets can rejoice at the arrival of under-the-radar synthesizer maverick "Rocket" Robert Moore.
Less a reissue than an exhumation—what with a scant, hand- screened 142 copies produced in 1982 that circulated little outside the confines of Oregon state—Rocket Robert drifts in the backward- looking sounds of early synth innovators, while equally mining the kraut-tinged moments of punk-era instro synth explorers and the first breaths of synth-pop, rather than carrying similarities to the "New Wave" that was then taking hold of the masses.
Issued by Moore's own Salem, Oregon-based Future Records in 1982, his eponymous debut is simultaneously light-hearted and shot-through with ominous oscillations and offers up a darkly-throbbing, other-worldly vibe that is sure to ensnare synth-heads, beat-diggers and those searching the margins of the private-press alike.
Got Kinda Lost Records is over the moon to allow this singular, unique album another chance to shine.
RIYL: Delia Derbyshire, early Fad Gadget, Mort Garson, Gershon Kingsley, Martin Rev, Morton Subotnick, etc.
"Unclassifiable outsider synth-damage not unlike Bite-era Bruce Haack and Damon Edge of Chrome collaborating, or weirdo proto-new wavers like Ghostwriters, Pulsar, Todd Tamanend Clark, or a non-operatic Klaus Nomi. Better yet, imagine a Grandmaster Flash-obsessed Kluster retreating into a stoney basement with Richard Pinhas—if that makes no sense, you're on the right path." - Steven "Plastic Crimewave" Krakow (Galactic Zoo Dossier)
• First time reissue of this under-the-radar synth nugget, with original master tape sound.
• Recorded in 1982 while having more in common with '60s analog synthesizer innovators or '70s German followers of the flame, providing the album an "out of time" quality.
• Includes two previously unreleased spaced-out-electro-pop songs from the album sessions.
• Insert features informative liner notes by Dave Segal (Staff Writer for Seattle's alternative weekly The Stranger), culled from interviewing the artist and rare photos from Robert Moore's archives.
• CD edition features a full-color insert with many images not featured in LP edition.
Space Bass Blues - Star Flight - Walking in Space - Space Shuttle - Journey Into the Unknown - I've Got My Helmet On [Bonus] - Terrestrial Beings - Docking in Space - Creations Beginning - Dance of the Droids - Deltoids in Space - Bottomless Pit of Space - Living in This Station [Bonus}