Bureau B

V/A - Eins und Zwei und Drei und Vier Vol 2: Deutsche Experimentelle Pop-Musik 1978-87

"For their second foray into the fringes of German pop, Bureau B delve deeper than before, raiding cassette culture, 7" obscurities, and overlooked album cuts to further frame this free-thinking strain of sonic expression. Starting the count from punk's year zero, this set sees a newly liberated generation get weird and wild with anything they could lay their hands on, delivering demented, detuned and disorienting tracks brimming with DIY spirit. Where their kosmische predecessors preferred immersive, expansive compositions, these artists opted for immediacy, quickly capturing one idea before moving on to the next. Exploiting advances in home recording to say outside of industry confines, these art-school extroverts and commune drop outs often came together in unplanned collaborations and one-off projects, capturing their whole creative lifespan on one side of a C45 . . . The sparse drum machine of ALU's 'Aludome' opens proceedings, laying the foundation for wavy guitar chords and simple melodies on this tender 1980 composition, which only came to light in 2005. From there we sink into the watery electronics, free jazz bass and abstract guitars of Detlef Diederichsen charmingly abrupt 'Pissnelke 2000', before Maria Zerfall moves us into the shadows with the dark and punkish dirge 'Der Mond', a haunting track with double tracked and distorted spoken vocals. Butzmann/Kapielski's avant-dance masterpiece 'Do The VoPo' diverts us to the dancefloor, where the oddball synth sounds and skewed sampler vox of Rüdiger Lorenz's 'Francis & Friends' traps us in a strange slow motion groove. The tempo raises via E.M.P.'s dubbish sabotage of '80s smooth jazz, turns inside out on Vono's charming interlude 'Der Zauberer', then finds its feet again via Reichmann's '78 composition 'Wunderbar' taken from the Sky LP of the same name. This frazzled fusion of cosmic country and Asiatic melody shares a widescreen worldview with Deux Baleines Blanches' 'Draht 9', on which post punk electronics and chiming guitars combine with bittersweet beauty. The time-travelling Rolf Trostel takes us to the midpoint with pulsating chords which predate Basic Channel by a decade, while Phantom Band's 'Dream Machine' stitches together two decades of the psychedelic continuum in a riot of tumbling toms, panning sequences and brain melting waveforms. 'Glucose' sees Moebius & Beerbohm unleash their strange music at a delinquent tempo, before Jimmy, Jenny + Jonny offer a second subversion of smooth jazz with their skronking Mediterranean fantasy 'Salome'. Thomas Dinger's frosty music box romance 'Alleewalzer' and The Wirtschaftswunder's stomping ska-like 'Television' follow in quick succession, leading us into Cluster's narcotic fairground 'Oh Odessa', a queasy assemblage of detuned FM bells and percussive piston bursts. From there, the dubbed-out post punk of Sprung Aus Den Wolken, experimental dance of 'Notorische Reflexe' and unhinged disco of Günter Schickert capture different ends of the alternative dancefloor, before the pastoral outsider pop of Lapre's 'Septer' signs off in a swell of yearning melody." --Patrick Ryder" - Bureau B .
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After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.

This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).

Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.

Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.

Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).

So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.
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