daszu Zone of Swans / Lucid Actual + 1/2 Dativa (digipak CD, £11.50)label: Lion Productions
Excavation of astounding underground post-punk recorded between 1979 and 1983. Style: minimal, semantic, intense (in lyrics). There is poetic subtlety and musical freshness not confined to one historical period. 24-page booklet contains the Daszu manifesto, lyrics for most tracks, a measure of band history, and Part 1 and 2 of Mark Rudolph's poetry from the Daszu era. CD edition of 300 copies. If there's one thing we've learned from doing reissues for twenty years, it's that there is often a lack of justice in the arts. All too often, the intensely talented are shunted aside, or not able to access the means to a greater hearing, or marginalised (or eradicated) by larger societal (commercial) (racial) (political) forces, to name just three potential prongs of an art-crushing pitchfork. The less an artist's work can be categorised, the greater the odds of being an eternal outsider. The more pure those artistic efforts are, the greater the chance they cannot be categorized. Such is the case with the music of Daszu. They were three, and minimal. Bass, synthesiser and drums. I'd like to tell you that the music of Daszu reminds me of This Heat. I'd like to tell you that the music of Daszu reminds me of the Pop Group... or A Certain Ratio. It does, in purity of intent—in the great expansive reach of the attempt, and the self-assurance of the resulting music. This intensity of intention is evident in the dark, buzzing electronics; in the propulsive drumming; in the insistent bass-lines; in the emotional vocals; and in the lyrics.
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