Medical Records would like to announce the upcoming releases for MR003 and MR004.
These will be the first two seminal albums by Italian new wave duo, Chrisma! These will be available from Revolver and Forced Exposure in the USA. Non-USA distros are pending at this time. Release dates are tentative around November 1st (may change +/- slightly). Retail price is the same as MR001 and MR002 – 21 US dollars.
Chrisma “Chinese Restaurant” MR003
A seminal album by Italian new wave duo Chrisma, the absolutely essential “Chinese Restaurant” has not been available on vinyl format in over 30 years. Chrisma is make up of husband and wife team Maurizio Arcieri and Christina Moser (the name comes from the first letters of each of their names). The record was first recorded in 1977 and originally released that same year by Polydor. It was produced, and arranged, and contains musical contributions by Niko Papathanassiou (brother of the famous Vangelis Papathanassiou responsible for the timeless “Blade Runner” score). “Chinese Restaurant” is a very unique record blending the best elements of synth-punk, Neu!-esque prog jams, and new wave into a hybrid of sheer perfection. From the post-punk energy of the single, “Black Silk Stocking” to the jagged hooks of “What For” and the analog warbling synths of “Mandoia”, this futuristic slab of wax is a classic. This reissue was licensed directly from the artists, and it includes a reworking of the original front and back cover artwork. Presented on high-quality 180gm orange vinyl in a hand-numbered limited edition of 500 copies.
Chrisma “Hibernation” MR004
“Hibernation” is the spectacular followup to the “Chinese Restaurant” LP and was recorded in 1978 and was originally released in 1979 on Polydor. This record has not been available on vinyl for over 30 years and tends to fetch rather high prices on the collector’s market. The songs are restrained yet explorative and passionate. The opening track “Calling” takes the listener down a quirky new wave path riddled with angular guitars and random bits of analog beeps. The stand out track is certainly “Gott Gott Electron” which is an intoxicating dancefloor slow cosmic jam which will leave a permanent involuntary imprint to the lucky who hear it. As a whole, the record is reflective of the passion between Maurizio and Christina and is a new wave masterpiece on many levels. “Aurora B” and “Lover” further display the intense emotional interplay. This reissue was licensed directly from the artist, and the front and back artwork have been re-interpreted and re-invisioned. This is presented on high quality 180 gram clear vinyl (similar to a limited pressing in 1979) in a hand-numbered limited edition of 500 copies.
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