It was over four years ago when somewhere, somehow [and I can’t remember] I became aware of the “Jyl” album as issued in the UK and Germany in 1984. I had never heard of it at the time, and now the disc was changing hands at over three figures. The record had production by Klaus Schulze with the music made by Ingo Werner with lyrics by Angela Werner and Jyl Porch herself. A mix of all analog synths and conventional rock instrumentation; in other words, exactly what I like.
It seemed to be the kind of expat-American-dancer-goes-to-Europe-and-makes-synthesizer album that might have some appeal. So it went on the want list. Not that I ever envisioned a copy of this for less than $80, but you never know what could show up in your Discogs want list feed. I once got Stephen Duffy’s “Baby Impossible” 12″ for $6.00. Miracles happen.
Then, a recent comment by slur regarding an upcoming Vicious Pink 2xLP issued by Minimal Wave records saw me going to their website in search of info. Minimal Wave records have been a bastion of the minimal synth movement that I’ve been dimly aware of for the last several years. Once I looked there I could hardly miss the news that in September of last year, they recently reissued the Jyl album in a 180g LP [hisss!] from the original master tapes. I’d have much preferred a CD, but given the choice between a three figure LP from 1984 and a new pressing [hopefully not from GZ] for $23.00… guess what wins in my universe?
Jyl: Jyl – US – LP 
- Mechanic Ballerina
- Computer Love
- Dance + Death
- The Computer Generation
- Silicon Valley
- Electric Lady
- I’m A Machine
The player offers three songs to sample and “Computer Love” proffered delirious arpeggios, a martial beat and a mutli-lingual middle eight in French. The range of Ms. Porch on the outro was quite impressive in those pre-autotune days. Speaking of which, “Computer Generation” lost me with the varispeed/pitch-altered vocals. In the old days there was no autotune, but there was varispeed; which was too gimmicky for my taste. That was a shame, since the music bed had a glistening YMO-like tech appeal. Finally, the third song was “Electric Lady;” a full year before Con Funk Shun and decades prior to Janelle Monae. The synthetic percussion here had a similar electrostatic discharge quality to the percussion used by Kraftwerk on the previous year’s “Tour De France.” I’ve not heard that elsewhere, so kudos to Ingo Werner for his sound design getting that close to the Kraftwerk target.
Will I want a copy of this? I wouldn’t say no. And since it will be sold out in due time, maybe snaring a copy of the LP is just a great investment. But if that day never comes, the Jyl Bandcamp page has a digital copy of this [in the usual lossless formats for only $12.00] There’s room for that in any budget. Available just a click away…