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    Young, Oscar Band – “Damp Circuits: The Golden Era of Synthesizers In E Asia Vol1” – [Sham Palace]

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    “Damp Circuits: The Golden Era Of Synthesizers In East Asia Vol. 1”
    Hong Kong a Go Go? 70’s sounds for today thanks to Porest’s
    Sham Palace label. Speaking of “shams,” at first blush listen
    I really wondered if it was the Neung Phak pack putting together
    some old Chinese pop songbooks and flea-market instruments for
    a “dramatic reinterpretation” but further hunting around seems
    to indicate Oscar Young was a record producer and band leader
    working that crazy cross-breeding zone of Britain and China back
    then. I’m always suspicious (and happy) when Porest aka Mark
    Gerghis is involved, and the fact that this 4-song ep was
    compiled by one B. (I assume “Bobby”) Ganush…I could not
    tell if my leg was being pulled while my foot was tapping to
    these exotic/disco/squishy synth-instros. Any ways, I hope
    there was (and maybe still is living) an Oscar Young who
    collected studio musicians for female singers and Cha Cha
    enthusiasts, and might have had a band called “The Apollo”
    Either way, the music is great. The first track has the
    most aromatic Chinese air, one can almost taste the erhu.
    Its drums would make Martin Denny have a smile as wide as
    an island. Next up, a similar melody after what sounded
    more like a pachinko machine emptying than a raincloud
    doing so, but #2 is all about the bass player growing some
    fuzzy sideburns and dropping some funky notes. Flip it over
    and I’m not sure if there are a million people rejoicing
    but it’s kind of funny how a crowd of men’s voices is
    fade in and out. Again the drums are prominent, finaly
    the album ends with a Mod Squad moment, wacka-wacka guitar
    traveling far and well. The synth is so squelchy on that
    number, and part of the genius of this gem is the naming of
    the collection. “Damp Circuits” Killer! And Vol 1, well that’s
    promising as well…not hearing this would have been a shame!
    -Thurston Hunger
    PS A friend at work was also suspicious on the ideogram for
    “Young’s” last name. I know, I know…I ruin everything.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on August 20, 2014 at 10:41 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,International
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