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Artist: ESSENDON AIRPORT
Title: Palimpsest
Format: Double CD
Label: Chapter Music
Country: Australia
Price: $19.00
"Chapter is very excited to announce a 30th anniversary reissue of Palimpsest, the one and only album by Melbourne post-punk icons Essendon Airport. Recorded in December 1981, Palimpsest is now reborn as a double disc package with a whole bonus CD of live and unreleased studio recordings spanning 1980-1983. Formed in 1978 as a minimalist duo of guitarist Robert Goodge and keyboardist David Chesworth, Essendon Airport released their landmark 7" EP Sonic Investigations Of The Trivial on Chesworths Innocent Records in 1979. Chapter Music reissued Sonic Investigations way back in 2002, as a CD including second single "Talking To Cleopatra" (with vocalist Anne Cessna) and a raft of bonus tracks. Originally gentle and inquisitive, with beats supplied by a drum machine ripped from a home organ, Essendon Airport began to expand after Sonic Investigations and explore the possibilities of rhythm. First came classically-untrained drummer Paul Fletcher, and then saxophonist Ian Cox, to form the four piece line-up heard on Palimpsest. With its dryly-intoned vocals, flailing polyrhythms and a postmodern fascination with appropriation and quotation, the album is an eccentric post-punk classic. The album title means "a manuscript page from which the text has been scraped off to be used again," while the original liner notes state "all" "songs" "written" "and" "produced" "by" "Essendon Airport." After Palimpsest, Essendon Airport added bassist Barbara Hogarth and grew to become one of inner city Melbournes premiere live attractions. "Creative differences," however, saw them disband in 1983, with Cox, Goodge and Hogarth forming Im Talking that same year with singer Kate Ceberano. The bonus "Live+More" disc collates 18 recordings, from the duo period to the impressively muscular, previously-undocumented five piece line-up. The original 1982 vinyl version of Palimpsest was presented in a screen-printed plastic cover, and this has been faithfully replicated in 2011 as a nifty clear plastic overlay." -Chapter Music

Artist: ESSENDON AIRPORT
Title: Sonic Investigations If The Trivial
Format: CD
Label: Chapter Music
Country: Australia
Price: $19.00
"The band Essendon Airport began in Melbourne, 1978, as a duo of David Chesworth (keyboards and electronics), and Robert Goodge (guitar). They released an incredible 7" EP in 1979 called Sonic Investigations Of The Trivial, on Innocent Records, a label run by David Chesworth with Tch Tch Tchs Philip Brophy. A track from this EP was recently included on Chapters Cant Stop It! - Australian Post-Punk 1978-82 compilation CD. In 1980 they released a 7" single accompanied by a singer named Anne Cessna. They also had a track included on the Innocent compilation New Music 1978-79. Essendon Airport later gained extra members and released the Palimpsest LP in 1981. They broke up in 1983... Chapter Music has gathered together Essendon Airports duo recordings onto one CD, along with the Anne Cessna tracks, and five previously unheard live recordings. Sonic Investigations Of The Trivial is a fantastic document of a band years ahead of their times. The reissue features liner notes written by Ralph Traviato of Tch Tch Tch, as well as reproductions of original posters, record sleeves, press clippings and even chewing gum cards given out at their shows." - Chapter Music.

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