ruth Polaroïd/Roman/Photo 30th Anniversary Edition (clear vinyl LP, £18.75)label: angular recording corporation
Following on from the long since sold out 2010 release of Ruth’s cult 1985 album ‘Polaroïd/Roman/Photo’ Angular Recording Co are very pleased to announce the release of a 30th Anniversary deluxe special edition reissue. • The record - pressed on transparent vinyl - is packaged in a gatefold sleeve and features a 12 page booklet of lyrics and photos. • The release also includes codes for a digital download version of the album which includes six digital-only bonus tracks. • Ruth’s ‘Polaroïd/Roman/Photo’ track was featured on Angular’s ‘Coldwaves And Minimal Electronics Vol.1’ compilation which received glowing reviews across the board on release from Pitchfork (8.2), NME (8/10) and Vice (9/10), among others. • Originally released on Paris Records in 1985, Ruth’s LP sold just 50 copies and was relegated to obscurity until the track ‘Polaroïd/Roman/Photo’ started appearing on bootlegs and compilations in the early 2000s, slowly becoming the cult synth pop classic it is today. An original copy goes for upwards of £300 on eBay and Ruth are a shining light from an oft forgotten music scene that is becoming increasingly influential today. You can hear it in the current Parisian sounds of Ed Banger Records and Mark Ronson cites it as “one of my favourite songs ever.” • Ruth was the brainchild of Thierry Müller, a photographer and graphic artist from Paris who drew his inspiration from bands and artists like Brian Eno, Stockhausen, Pere Ubu, Neu!, Velvet Underground and Kraftwerk. In the late 70s he began to work on Ruth, releasing the lone album ‘Polaroïd/Roman/Photo’ in 1985. The line up of Ruth was collaborative and fluid, brass mingles with prototype drum machines, and squalling experimentation sits alongside sultry French girls across 40 minutes of edgy pop innovation that sounds remarkably undated alongside contemporary pop music.
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