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Rust Red September

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Named after an Aldous Huxley novel, Eyeless In Gaza were the enigmatic duo of Peter Becker and Martyn Bates. Never really having a strong foothold in any particular style of music, they veered between folk, spoken verse, OMD-like pop and odd improvised instrumentals. 'Rust Red September' from 1983 followed two largely instrumental albums and chronicles their sound at its most focused and coherent. On a recording of changing emotions, 'Changing Stations' and 'New Risen' are full of hope but weave between the anger of the excellent 'Pearl And Pale' and 'September Hills marked by the angular guitar shapes and Bates' strained but passionate vocals. Further listening finds them in equally good form on the more considered, drawn out laments of 'Corner Of Dusk' and 'Only Whispers'. Certainly the eleven tracks on the original album demonstrate their original talent superbly, although it's questionable whether the poetry and tuneless meandering that concludes this re-release adds anything worthy of note. Eyeless In Gaza remain a curiously attractive proposition; their uniqueness and Englishness making a record like 'Rust Red September' very treasurable indeed.
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  Track Listing
01 Changing Stations
Standout Track Pearl And Pale
03 New Risen
04 September Hills
05 Taking Steps
06 Only Whispers
07 Leaves Ae Dancing
08 No Perfect Stranger
09 Corner Of Dusk
10 Bright Play Of Eyes
11 Stealing Autumn
12 To Steven
13 Sun-Like Gold
14 To Elizabeth S.
15 Lilt Of Music
16 Inky Blue Sky
17 Tell

Standout Track = Standout Track

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