TVD Radar: Band Apart reissue in stores 6/21

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Vinyl includes the band’s complete works: 1981 EP plus 5 tracks from their 1983 debut LP, digital includes two additional tracks.

Crammed Discs (home to Juana Molina, Aksak Maboul, Matias Aguayo) release the complete works of French/American duo Band Apart, one of the first bands to join the Crammed roster, shortly after the label’s inception. The new reissue is out June 21. During a meteoric course which lasted around two years, Band Apart made a mark in the bubbling No Wave scene in New York and Europe, yet the duet remains among the era’s unsung heroes.

Consisting of New York-based poet and performance artist Jayne Bliss and Marseille-based musician/producer M.Mader, Band Apart released a mesmerizing, eponymous 4-track EP in 1981, showcasing Jayne’s arresting vocals and lyrics, immersed in the hazy, mysterious atmospheres conjured up by Mader. While being very connected to the time and place of their creation, these songs somehow prefigured some of the music that would appear a decade later (shoegazing, etc).

Band Apart performed shows in New York and Europe, and went on to record a full-length album in 1983, which contained cult favorite tracks such as “O My Beautiful Song” and “Marseille.” Sadly, the band really fell apart shortly after the album’s release.

This vinyl reissue comprises all of the band’s initial 1981 self-titled EP as well as 5 tracks from their 1983 full length album Marseille. Two additional album tracks are available in the digital download and streaming versions. All tracks were remastered from the original tapes.

Band Apart LP Vinyl Tracklist
Side A

1. Jaguar
2. Strainer
3. Eve Ryonne
4. Le Mont des Olives
5. Marseille

Side B
1. Ham Sandwich
2. Lover
3. As I Watch The Train
4. O My Beautiful Song

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