A number of items in the Galakthorrö Catalogue have attracted requests for issues or re-issues to be made available as long-play records. Runaway top of the list is the Magic LP from 2007. Although in those days not specifically released in small quantities, and certainly not the oldest of Galakthorrö offerings, it has become, notwithstanding, an object of desire. Today this LP is rare, hard to find, and changes hands for very large sums of money. In order to give those who were born too late, and any newborn afficionados, the opportunity to possess Magic on Vinyl, we are now able to offer a second issue. It differs from the first pressing with a new design, it leans towards the previous one, but has been extensively re-worked while the sound presentation remains unchanged. Therefore there is now a new chance to hear at last smash-hits such as Street Of Lost Hearts, Magic, or Free, on Vinyl. The best of all ways to hear music.
:: 12" LP, black vinyl, sturdy cardboard cover, printed inner sleeve and insert card
escued from old DAT tapes, A Strangeness In Motion: Early Pop Recordings 1989-1999 are some of Tor Lundvall’s earliest completed synth pop works which have remained unreleased until now.
“For years I dismissed these songs as naive and youthful relics, but I’ve grown much fonder of them in recent years along with the memories they evoke” Lundvall says of the decade spanning collection of tracks, many of which were sketched out in his synth pop duo with Drew Sullivan, After The Outing. “Original One”, “Procession Day”, “The Clearing”, and “The Melting Hour” are present here as solo reworkings, originally culled from his sessions with Sullivan. The remaining songs were ideas originally considered for Passing Through Alone (1997) and its proposed follow up, provisionally and playfully titled Femalamania.
“The title was summing up my girl problems at the time and also a silly word spin on Robyn Hitchcock's Fegmania!” Lundvall recollects. “Sadly, the project was abandoned—a rare decision for me and perhaps the only time I've scrapped an album entirely.”
Though Lundvall’s work throughout the collection has the recognizable ambient bones and sensibilities he has refined throughout his career, many of the tracks call back to the synth-driven pop of Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, The Human League and New Order, with the common thread being the sparse density and mood created by reservation and the lonely impulse to twist convention, not to rip it up and repurpose it. Rather than 10 disparate ideas, Lundvall’s curation of A Strangeness In Motion: Early Pop Recordings 1989-1999 feels like excerpts from a broader work, allowing the listener to fill in the holes and ladder up to his larger themes and concepts, perhaps colouring his prior works in new hues and tones.
My Fairy Place
Street Of Lost Hearts
I Want You
I See Real
So Far No Further