What does it sound like?:
The latest in Bill Nelson’s reissue campaign for work originally released on his Cocteau Recoreds imprint, on Esoteric through Cherry Red. A 3 disc set comprising 3 separate projects, they reflect the instrumental work Bill was moving towards in the early 1980’s. All recorded at the grandly named Echo Observatory, which in reality was the back bedroom at Bill’s home.
Disc 1: Sounding The Ritual Echo (Atmospheres For Dreaming), originally released as a companion to Bill’s first solo album, Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam. A set of short instrumentals, it suffers from the obvious lack of a recording budget which hamstrung Bill’s work around that time, particularly in the use of a fairly basic, tinny drum machine. Nontheless, still a set of interesting tunes of the type that became the mainstay of Bill’s (almost entirely instrumental) output from the time he finished his contract with Phonogram in the mid 80’s and became a one man cottage industry.
Disc 2: Das Kabinet (originally released in 1981). This was a soundtrack commissioned by the Yorkshire Actors Company for a stage adaptation of the classic silent film ‘The Cabinet Of Doctor Caligari’. A dark, brooding » Continue Reading.