Visage: Lost In Static UK 12″ 
- Lost In Static [extended mix]
- Seven Deadly Sins [part 2]
When I had my mail held while on my recent vacation, I knew that this delight would be waiting for me upon my return. The label had emailed me upon its shipment and on Tuesday, it arrived. Only 27 hours later, it had been duly digitized for listening! I might add that this was with my new AKG headphones my wife thoughtfully bought as a birthday present. The return of the AKG full spectrum of sound after over a dozen years of inferior headphone usage nearly brought tears to these eyes. But what of the record itself?
Well, we knew we would be in for a treat with the lavish A-side being one of the high points of the “Hearts + Minds” album. We also knew that the house style for the new Visage allowed for a very “old school” 12″ remix of the A-side and we were not disappointed. In this case, the traditional slow buildup to “air out” the arrangement so that every nook and cranny could get its moment in the sun. The Frippy harmonic guitars began the buildup as they layered like a phalanx of violin/seagulls adding their plaintive atmospheres. Then the gently strummed guitars added detail that was not apparent in the original mix. Then the throbbing beat began to gently amass weight in the mix with subtly added synth details added to the arrangement for extra 12″ goodness.
I love an old school remix in that it gives plenty of time to appreciate the details inherent in a song even as it enables the mixer to create new ones as well. With the buildup, Steve doesn’t make his appearance until four minutes into the 10:30 opus. I especially enjoy the throb of the synth bass here. The rest is aired out with an extended instrumental coda for the last several minutes of the song for the classic dignity that it fully deserves. Remember: luxury should not be moderated in this harsh world.
As for the B-side, it is a taster from the final Visage album, which is said to be appearing in two months. After this I can hardly wait! “Seven Deadly Sins [part 2]” was presumed to be a dub mix of a track with the similar name on the upcoming “Demons To Diamonds” album, but to these ears, it plays like a full on extended version since Steve Strange has his vocal stamped all over the propulsive eurotrack. The CR78 rhythm that kicks this one off is sweetened with some whomping reverse percussion before the taut, muscular flanged guitar riffs of Robin Simon give the song a backbone to begin building on. The cascades of synths and the dynamic rhythms mark this one as a spiritual brother to the great “Theme For Great Cities” which makes sense since this was another track co-written and played on by Mr. Mick MacNeil. This one has its hooks deep in my brain and I’ve thought of little else in the last 24 hours!
Steve’s deadpan delivery mark this one as a powerful rock disco monster to take it’s rightful place next to a track like “Visage.” Yeah, it’s that good. The Moroderspace the track enters on the slipstreaming middle eight is a wonderful thing to hear as it marks the point where even perfection can be streamlined and further refined. This is one throbbing electro-thrash anthem that takes no prisoners as it reminds us that this band were making all of the right moves in their final flowering. Visage are right up there for me with the work that John Foxx + The Maths have made in recent years. Lots of my favorites are pulling their fat out of the fire and refining their late period achievements to varying degrees, but this really is best of breed work for any Visage fan to soak up. And do it now. Supplies are limited. “Lost In Static” can be ordered from the Control Room Records store here. But… for… how… long?
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