LP / Dark Entries Records / 2012
Altres are a band from Dundee, Scotland who originally formed in
1983. They were playing mostly instrumental, improvised electronic music
at a time when very few bands, if any, were making this type of music
in the UK. The Altres’ initial line-up was Jeremy Bryning (synths),
Joseph Donnelly (synths), Kevin L. Guthrie (synths, sequencer, drum
machine), Brian Hutton (synths, sequencer, vocoder), Mike Nelson
(guitar) and Maurice Richardson (synths, sequencer, polysynth, drum
machine). The band’s influences included Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze,
Philip Glass, Throbbing Gristle, Faust and many others, but their sound
is clearly their own.
After a few months of recording the band had a lot of material on tape,
so they decided to release their first cassette “Rise” in 1984. Within
that year the band managed to release 4 more cassettes: “Live at the
Tayside Bar”, “Archive One”, “Archive 2″ and “Angel Chords & Devil
Chords”. The band also appeared on the audio magazine, INKEY$ – No10
cassette. We have chosen our favorite tracks from each of the cassettes
for this special 7 song compilation album entitled “Archives”.
Most Altres compositions begin with a sequence and a drum pattern. These
wrap around arpeggiated synth pulses, and are accompanied by shrill
feedback. Instruments used on the recordings include Casio MT40 Moog
Prodigy, EDP Wasp, Roland SH-101, Casio VL-Tone, Korg MS20, MS50, SQ10
Poly-61, Ibanez guitar and vocoder. All of the instruments are fed
through various effects and echo units. Everything is played and
recorded live – there are no overdubs.
Each song has been carefully remastered for vinyl by George Horn at
Fantasy Studios in Berkeley directly from the original master tapes. The
vinyl comes housed in a neon green jacket featuring the original design
from the “Rise” cassette by Mike Nelson. Each LP includes a
photocopied clear acetate with notes from the band for each song.
Prepare to get lost in the majestic, melancholic and melodic world of