Medical Records (again) in collaboration with Crispy Nuggets blog is proud to present a compilation/reissue of the UK underground duo Laugh Clown Laugh. Composed of Sam Findlay and Dominic O’Brien, Laugh Clown Laugh hailed from the northeast Somerset town of Frome (100 miles west of London). Though the band only had 1 actual released track (“Feel So Young” featured on a 1984 101International 2LP comp), the duo recorded many more tracks literally in their living room in the early 1980s.
Inspired by early 1980’s synth pop, they were able to purchase early Sequential Circuits and Korg synths as well as a TR606. What resulted from these home recordings on tape are some of the most young at heart, sincere, and amazing synthpop the world has never heard. Due to lack of publicity/etc, these recordings sadly have been stored away until recently as a cult following has mounted after the attention and correspondence with Crispy Nuggets blog.
In addition to the driving, infectious earworm that is “Feel So Young” (and the dub version), this LP is composed of 10 never before heard songs from those home recordings. All tracks have been transferred and restored from the original tapes with dazzling results.
The album opens with the fitting “Feel So Young” which sets the tone and engages the listener to know they are in for a wonderful synthpop journey. The simplicity and focus on the lead synth tracks and percussion is what sets this collection apart. The tracks “Face To Face” and “Kiss In The Rain” are absolute minimal synth pop masterpieces. All tracks have an amazing dance floor sensibility but could also be well suited to a quiet day at home immersed in synth warblings. This LP will certainly appeal to fans of earliest Human League, Oppenheimer Analysis, and earliest Vince Clarke era Depeche Mode (but even more sparse). Presented on 180gram transparent orange high-quality vinyl in a limited edition. Bonus insert included as well with liner notes by Kurt B. Reighley and other tidbits.