:: Caesar In Camerun ::
:: High Moon Enters Heaven ::
:: Metasamba ::
:: Chipmania ::
:: O Queen Of Saba ::
:: Memorymetropolis ::
The other month, in the flurry of a 30% off sale, I found myself with an armful of vinyl and a headful of worry about how much I was about to blow, even after discount. Then I had to just check out one last section before I forced myself out of there. Unfortunately it was the electronic music section, and it was rife with things I already wanted as well as things I didn't even know I wanted yet. Evidently I was in such a frenzy (kind of like those dreams where you keep finding money all over the place and can barely find room for all of it in your hands and pockets) that I don't even remember buying this. I only just rediscovered it a few days ago.
This, I suppose, sounded pretty weird, fringe, and experimental in 1983. At least to people who didn't spend part of the 70's listening to stuff like Eno/Moebius/Roedelius/Plank. There are a lot of familiar sounds, many of which make me think Clara used some of the same equipment that New Order used, but there are also some sounds that I've never heard. One of the songs, Chipmania, uses a trick that Boards of Canada use on songs like nlogax, where things aren't quite right, but the rival discordant notes somehow create something right.
The kicker? Clara Mondshine is not really a Clara. In fact, she's not even a she. Real name: Walter Bachauer. He put out a few albums under this moniker before evidently committing suicide in the late 80's. This one came out on famed German electronic legend Klaus Schulze's Innovate Communication label in 1983. The most accessible tracks here are probably the title track and Metasamba. The scariest is O Queen of Saba.