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Artist: JOHNSON, PHILIP
Title: Youth in Mourning
Format: LP
Label: Superior Viaduct
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"Philip Johnson, a lost figure in the dark waters of early industrial music, self-released over 25 tapes starting in the late 70s. As a part of the “cassette culture” in the UK, he produced ethereal soundscapes, damaged electronics, and undanceable drum patterns, along with homemade j-cards. For his first and only LP, 1982s Youth in Mourning, Johnson further refined his approach with mesmerizing audio collages and Mark-E-Smith-ian vocals to make one of the most unique documents of the era. The song “C81,” commenting on NMEs compilation of the same name, expresses contempt with know-it-all indie culture that was similarly reflected 20 years later in LCD Soundsystems “Losing My Edge.” Fans of the degenerate tale in The Velvet Undergrounds “The Gift” will appreciate Johnsons “The Karate Kicking Girl of New Invention.” Youth in Mourning is a personal record, yet fearless. It pulls back the bedroom curtain, revealing (as Johnson writes in the liner notes) “the sound of a warm-air heater on a cold afternoon and a cassette being pushed into the deck and switched on.” This first-time reissue comes from the original master tapes. Recommended for fans of Cabaret Voltaire, John Bender, and The Shadow Ring." - Superior Viaduct.

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