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Gay Cat Park
LP / Medical Records / 2012
As a monumental first time in the label's existence, Medical Records
presents an LP of previously unreleased songs by an icon of Italo Disco
and synthpop well known for their club-stomper "I'm A Vocoder". Gay
Cat Park is an Italian duo consisting of Graziano G. Ravizza and Davide
Gatti. At the tender age of 14 with an obsession for electronics and a
dream, they crafted the hit "I'm A Vocoder" that was released as a
single on Discotto Records in 1982. Using very primitive toy-like
keyboards modified to makeshift synthesizers early on, this masterpiece
and floor-stomper was a success. Though they recorded many other
records in the studio with other artists under a variety of different
names in the more popular vein, there were sadly no further releases in
the style of Gay Cat Park or under that moniker. Working behind the
scenes on their limited equipment, they wrote and developed many other
tracks that would be best described as the true Gay Cat Park "sound".
These tracks were home-recorded and not considered "commercial" enough
in those times. Influenced heavily by Kraftwerk, Tomita, and Depeche
Mode, Ravizza and Gatti layed these tracks down on standard UCXS Sony
tapes or TEAC Tascam four tracks. These tracks have been unheard and
stored until now. Medical Records took an interest in Gay Cat Park and
requested to hear the potential early tracks. Needless to say, the
tracks were astonishing and are presented now on this compilation of
hand-picked tracks from that era. 8 tracks (including "I'm A Vocoder")
were culled and restored from the original cassette tapes by Gay Cat
Park. All tracks were recorded from 1982-1984. Overall, the LP has a
very lovely DIY warm aesthetic. The opening track "GCP" is a simple yet
nice ditty played on a Speak and Spell which sets the mood. "I'm a
Vocoder" needs no introduction and is presented in it's original form.
"Bit Of Charm" has a very Yaz-era Vince Clarke feel. "My Love Is
Electronic" shows the wonderful lo-fi bedroom synth and drum programming
that the duo is capable of. "A Bunch Of Flowers" is a dense analog
synth drenched instrumental melody with catchy hooks and clever use of
effects. The title track "Synthetic Woman" is a standout number sung
through vocoder and is a perfect synthpop song raising the question of
why it was a not a hit during it's creation. The LP perfectly walks the
fine line between Italo disco and synthpop forFans of early Depeche