Music Reviews

Title: Low Technology + Forty Five
Format: CD
Label: Isegrimm Records (@)
Distributor: Tesco Distribution
Rated: *****
Born on early '80s, Pink Industry were the natural continuation of the musical process started by Jayne Casey with Big In Japan (on this band there was also Holly Johnson who formed Frankie Goes To Hollywood which had their worldwide success "Relax" on 1983) first and Pink Military then. The name changed from Pink Military to Pink Industry when Jayne stopped working with Nicky Hillon and Ambrose Reynolds took his place as her musical counterpart. The CD I have in my hands is the first release that reissue the first E.P. "Forty five" and the first album "Low technology" in its integrity (on "Forty five" there's missing its version of "Don't let go") since their first issue on 1981 and 1982. During the last couple of decades we had only a two compilations ("Retrospective" on Parade Amoureuse in 1989 and "New Naked Technology" on the Brazilian Museum Obscuro in 1995) but they were kind of hard to find then, imagine now... Anyway, Isegrimm contacted Ambrose and he, in 2005, remastered the original recordings you find here along with seven bonus tracks (of which three of them released here for the first time as the rest were also available on the previous compilations). If you never listened to Pink Industry try to imagine a sort of electro wave experimental kind of musical background with drum machine and effected bass guitar (most of the time a flanger was used) with a female vocal performance full of pathos and personality (no guitars involved!). If tracks like "'47'", "Final cry" or "Remove the stain" have a strong experimental background, songs like "Don't let go", "Enjoy the pain" or "Savage" are melodic hits that time won't be able to delete: try to imagine a funky aggressive effected bass guitar coupling a minimal drum machine sound and the vocal dramatic performances of an inspired girl. Pink Industry were able to channel melancholy and drama into three minute songs shaping them once like a fist in your face and then as a tear in the snow (you won't forget the piano/bass/vocal performance on "Is this the end" or "Send them away" because it's so minimal/simple and unforgettable at the same time). If you love electro wave with an early industrial approach I suggest you to get this release. Isegrimm should reissue also the other Pink Industry albums so support them by purchasing this one, don't download it, ok?

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