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Peripheral Minimal is proud to present the new 12" by the French electronic pioneer, Philippe Laurent, entitled, 'Phoenix'. This will be Philippe's second release on Peripheral Minimal after the infectious synthetic classic 12", 'Mithra'. Phoenix is a three track E.P. featuring two brand new tracks on the A-Side, 'Phoenix' (featuring Philippe's trademark robotic vocals), and, 'Agapao'. Meanwhile over on the B-Side, we have the 13-minute electronic opus and highly representative of his early work, 'Exposition 4', a never before released track from Philippe's extensive archive, and recorded in 1982.
The E.P. Is representative of Philippe's latest forays into contemporary synth music, but still with a retro futurist edge and influenced partly by German pioneers Kraftwerk / late 70s Kosmische and au courant electro / synthwave acts, fitting into the current enthusiasm for early 80s synth pop and minimal wave.
The E.P. is presented on white vinyl and limited to 300 copies. Mastering by Martin Bowes @ The Cage. Pre-orders are now available!
Peripheral Minimal is proud to present: 'Synthetiqué: A French Synthwave Compilation 1982-2016'.
Almost a year in the making, with tracks having been mislaid or buried underneath piles of original demos, then reconstructed and remastered! This compilation aims to highlight the core elements of French Synth-Pop from it's earliest incarnation to newer acts influenced by the earlier protagonists distinctive sounds and retro imagery. There will be many a familiar name here, and perhaps a few unknowns. It is not an exhaustive list of the acts associated with this particular 'scene', but a tribute to the idiosyncrasy and diversity of French analogue music.
Many of the tracks are completely unreleased or are early demos. For the aficionado we hope this fulfils a rediscovery of old classics or to the late-comer a decent collection of tracks that serve as an introduction to the uniqueness of French Synth music and the burgeoning new scene.
Conceived and curated by Jason B Bernard. The album comes in a luxurious digipak and is limited to 500 copies. Artwork by Oleg Galay and remastered by Martin Bowes @ The Cage. A big thank you to all the acts involved!
Tracklist: Philippe Laurent Rapide 2 (1982) / Art & Technique Lovers (1983) / No Unauthorized Crocodile (First Version) (1984) / End Of Data Breathless (1984) / X-Ray Pop La Machine À Rêver (1984) / Atom Cristal Con Palabras (1985) / Adn' Ckrystall Bubbles Of Memories (1992) / Love In Cage Position (2011) / Guerre Froide Aliénés (2014) / Peine Perdue Fausse Compaigne (2014) / Déficit Budgétaire Sortie De Route (2015) / - OGIVE – Visée (2015) / Mad Masks Insidiae (2016) / Philippe Laurent Exposition 7 (2016)
New review of 'Mithra' 12" by Philippe Laurent!
With "Mithra" Philippe Laurent delivers a very interesting EP (released on Peripheral Minimal) from the borderlands between Electro and songoriented Indie Music, filled with great melodies and strange electro-discoid sounds for off-kilter clubs. Laurent (who's in the game since early 1980s, not only as a musician but also as a multi media artist) obviously is in love with synthezisers and this love manifests in two versions of each "Mithra" and "La Tentation De Saint Antoine". The synths shimmer and sparkle in dark lights and robotic voices whisper all over the place, touched by pioneers of electronic music as Kraftwerk, Lothar Manteuffels Rheingold and the minimal wave scene. While the "La Tentation De Saint Antoine" versions are more minimalistic, with sparse but complex structures, the "Mithra" versions push the connaisseur with blazing sounds and this big french beat. Cool stuff. (Joao Geck)
PM18 IN NAMEN DES VOLKES Aus Den Anti-Imperialistischen Tagebüchern CD
Peripheral Minimal is proud to announce the album, 'Aus Den Anti-Imperialistischen Tagebüchern', by In Namen Des Volkes.
INDV is the brainchild of Hamburg resident Matthias Schuster (also of Bal Paré, Das Institut, Geisterfahrer and others), and creates a more heavy-weight style of Minimal Synth in the spirit of D.A.F., or even early Front 242. The tracks were taken directly off cassettes and reworked with added vocals, whilst maintaining the original 80s recording techniques of 4-track and purely analogue instrumentation, strictly no plug-ins or digitalism here!
Matthias has been actively producing complex synthetic sounds since the late 1970s, having released seminal albums and singles on respected labels such as, Plastic Frog, Minimal Wave and Medical Records. His passion for all things analogue seems to be irrepressible, devoting a considerable amount of time to myriad projects each with their own unique qualities and sonics. He musically switches from Neue Deutsche Welle stylings, to Minimal Synth and proto-EBM with great dexterity and a rare continuing dedication.
The album is presented in a luxurious digipak and limited to 300 copies. Recorded between 1980 – 2015. Artwork by Kilgore Trout.
Peripheral Minimal is welcoming Doric to their quarters.
Doric is the moniker of the purist, Stathis Leontiadis (Human Puppets, Exetix, Plexiglas). Being involved in various avant garde/new wave music projects since 1996, intrigued by the 'all' analogue mentality of the late '70s - early '80s music field, he is passionatelly commited to vintage synths and machines, creating a very distinctive and specific style and considered by many as a “specialist”.
On this release,the main subject of the record is creative interplay. The first side (the “Asleep”side), includes songs, written by the artist alone, using sleep as a metaphor of loneliness and seclusion from the oppressive, everyday society that smothers anything unique under the struggle of daily routine. However, on the second side, Doric mutes his skeptic, internal monologue for a bit and collaborates with two very talented and like-minded artists, Pascal and Valisia Odell. Pascal(Foucault, Noisetoy, Ludmilla) is an ingenius multi-instrumentalist and an old friend of Doric andValisia Odell (Phoenix Catscratch, Strawberry Pills, Father Breath) is one of the most charismatic voices in Greece, with a very distinctive and enchanting vocal hue.This friendship results to the second side (the “Awaken” side), a critical view of what our society translates into artistic and life success in general. A simplified formula that often leads to bury our most creditable truths, in order to become a pattern, easily readable and understandable by the masses.The overall essence of this record however concludes to a rather optimistic dream of a utopian reality,where everyone can create unobscured. The value of each effort can only be appreciated through time.
Limited to 300, black copies with the distinctive “Doric” handmade artwork,a homage to the D.I.Y. Ethos, an infusion from the past but a promise of a future.
OPPENHEIMER MKII Another Nightmare 7"
Oppenheimer Mk II is Andy Oppenheimer and Mahk Rumbae.
Andy Oppenheimer – Singer, songwriter and formerly one-half of 1980s synth-pop duo Oppenheimer Analysis, one of the leading bands of the ‘minimal synth’ scene, and inspiration behind the Minimal Wave label.
Mahk Rumbae – Electronic musician and producer known for his work with long-running UK industrial/experimental band Konstruktivists. Andy and Mahk joined forces after performing together at Vienna’s legendary electronic music venue Rhiz in April 2012, and discovering a shared love for for 1960s pop and 1980s synth music.
After their debut album ‘The Presence of the Abnormal”, released in 2013, and the Line of Sight EP released in 2015, the band return with a new single ‘Another Nightmare’ on Peripheral Minimal. The two songs ‘Another Nightmare’ and ‘The Presence of the Abnormal’ were originally featured on their debut album, and now this new single gives these complete new versions of these two songs a new lease of life as well as being available on vinyl for the first time.
Peripheral Minimal is proud to announce the forthcoming, Paradox Obscur album. 'Anacrusis'. This is their second album and their first on a full-length LP. Now available for pre-order.
'Anacrusis' is a massive dark monument full of analog tendencies to conquer the dancefloor... an album of complex Coldwave and Minimal Synth. Rapidly becoming a cult act, this album will surely become a classic of it's genre, and will hopefully please new and current fans of the band. Another milestone for Rhodes' finest.
Paradox Obscur use only hardware synthesizers and everything is performed and recorded in real time without the use of software.
The LP will be limited to 300 copies. Releases November 24, 2015.
Artwork by: Jån Vinoelst
While a newcomer to the label, Laurent is an established multi-media artist who is well-known for his work in fields ranging from plastic arts and music to graphic and digital codes. He has been active in the electronic music scene for decades, first emerging from the French underground in the early 1980s. However, in recent years, his music has been discovered by a whole new audience of appreciative listeners. This is due in large part to key reissues and new releases of Laurent’s archival material, beginning with his popular 2011 full-length vinyl LP on U.S. label Minimal Wave, which was followed by releases around the globe on labels such asElectric Voice, Girouette, and Serendip.
Philippe Laurent’s general approach to art is one of research, specifically in addressing perception of signs and symbols. In conjunction with this research, he has always remained open to new technologies, whether composing musical works or creating graphic designs. This tendency is on full display in the Mithra EP, where complex electronic sound design creates a densely synthesized backdrop for hard-hitting, dance-floor-friendly beats. All of this is accompanied by unusual vocal additions—both human and otherworldly—that range from ethereal whispers to robotic, Kraftwerk-styled enunciations.
With the Mithra EP, Laurent has created resolutely original electronic music for modern times. Indeed, the EP reveals an artist with an incredible history working at the height of his impressive skills. The release is available July 28, 2015, in both digital and vinyl formats. The latter is presented in a limited edition of 500 copies on grey solid-colored vinyl, with a sleeve designed by Laurent himself and Oleg Galay.
PARADOX OBSCUR 'Noir' 4-track tape E.P. Limited to 50 copies only! Pre-orders available soon. Meanwhile, PARADOX OBSCUR'S debut self-titled album achieved second place on Dark Devine Magazine's top 14 albums of 2014! See the list here https://sites.google.com/site/ddmagtest/our-shiny-stygian-top-14-of-the-best-albums-or-eps-of-2014 The album is still available as a download or limited CD.
Meanwhile some more exciting new releases coming soon!
HIDDEN PLACE 'Retrospettiva: Vol.2', OUT NOW! An 11-track CD album that contains 9-tracks of re-imagined / reworked classics from their first four albums. Also included is an unreleased track from 2008 and a brand new track that marks a slight change of direction into more melancholic post-punk / synth.