RENALDO & THE LOAF play Struvé & Sneff (Original Mix) + Bali Hai 1980
Renaldo & The Loaf need no long introduction. Often called the British Residents, the duo made some of the most exceptional music ever. Struvé & Sneff was Renaldo & The Loaf first ever album. It came out as a cassette in 1979 and was later re-issued on LP and CD. However, these versions contained a different mix to the one from the original cassette. Klanggalerie are now proudly presenting you the original version of this outstanding debut album for the first time on CD! And if that weren‘t enough, there is a bonus CD as well. It‘s a recording of the one and only live concert RATL ever played. Entitled "Live at Bali Hai" this has never before been available to the public and doesn‘t only include the live recording, but also three remixes made in 2012. Tracklist: 1. Meanings Of W.E.I.R.D. 2. 2. 16 Going On 17 3. Absence 4. 120 Before Zero 5. Brittle People 6. Dying Inside 7. Kimbolton Gnome Song 8. The Bathroom Song 9. Untitled 10. Letters From Lee 11. Introduction 12. Beginnings Are Endings 13. Beyond Bali 14. Bali Bred Mix 15. Live At The Bali Hai Suite 21st. April 1980. Second edition with adapted catalogue number and artwork. Price: € 22,-/copy incl worldwide shipping.
I guess the best way to try & sum up Play Struvé & Sneff, is a blend of: The Resident’s( think Meet The Residents & Fingerprince), a less precise & off-kilter This Heat. With blends of unwell jazz, (un)easy-listening , hints at more sinister early industrial elements, and general lo-fi sonic quickness & invention. The music chunky, surreally amusing, and decidedly haphazard strew of twanging & unwell guitar work, multi-layered home-made percussion/ sound-elements, wonky & bent horn work, melted & unwell tape loops, manic-to-comic vocals that flit between Eric Idle like showiness, onto higher cartoon like, though more murky & mumbled. Clearly the big influence on all ten tracks here is early Resident’s- from the way the instrumentation is played deliberately wrongly, through to the claustrophobic & unwell layering of sounds, onto off-key nurse-rhyme vibe & unwell genre blending, though to the weird lyrics & strange delivery.
(Musique Machine, August 2016)