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Irene & Mavis

Format: limited hand-numbered heavyweight vinyl 10"
Cat: MW 050
Released: 25 Nov 13
Genre: Coldwave/Synth
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Tracklist
Side 1
1. "Disco-A-Bomb-Bomb"
2. "Holiday Camp"
3. "Overspreading Art Genius"
Side 2
1. "Concentration Baby"
2. "Just Another Spectre"
3. "Modichy In Aneration"
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Review

A special release from Minimal Wave here as the uber rare Irene & Mavis EP from UK synth poppers Blancmange is granted a reissue! Those with a pub quiz winning level of knowledge of UK synth pop will no doubt be familiar with the 80s hits of Blancmange duo Neil Arthur & Stephen Luscombe, yet this debut EP dating back to 1980 will still sound revelatory. The self released Irene & Mavis EP marked Arthur and Luscombe to be fully willing to experiment with DIY electronics, impressing Mute founder Daniel Miller sufficiently to proclaim them "maiden aunts of electronic music," and thus more than suited as a subject of focus from the Minimal Wave label. There are definite similarities between this nascent stage of Blancmange and the output of Cabaret Voltaire from the same era, particularly in the masked and disembodied nature of the vocals, whilst "Holiday Camp" and "Just Another Spectre" are wonderful examples of instrumental synth music. Despite originally being released in 7" format, the six newly remastered tracks are presented here in 10" format by Minimal Wave with the distinctive artwork retained!

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