TURQUOISE DAYS – “FURTHER STRATEGIES” 2xLP
This new wave gem has received a loving re-issue through MINIMAL WAVE. TURQUOISEDAYS’ deeply charming charisma lies in their almost fearless songwriting filtered through simple, effective melodies and raw homemade tones. You can imagine these tunes being performed to great effect by more professional outfits of the era (and since) but it’s hard to imagine any so great as the naïve art on display here. After hearing the duo’s most well recognised number Grey Skies, a few thoughts tend to run through one’s mind; “Wait, have I heard this before? It’s so familiar. How have I not heard this before? Maybe I’ve heard it in my dreams. This is definitely going on my next mixtape. Where has this been all my life? Heavens above, I need more.” And Further Strategies is there to catch you as you come back floating down from the clouds, launching you further into a journey of moody synth and drum machine driven tracks which peer into two minds that have unlocked imagination and created fire out of their scarce cache of sticks and stones.
Minimal Wave proudly presents a full-length double album entitled “Further Strategies” by synthpop band Turquoise Days. Hailing from Jersey, Channel Islands, Turquoise Days was formed in 1981 by Luciano Brambilla and David Le Breton shortly after meeting at a nightclub in St Ouens called Waves. They used Roland synthesizers and drum machines, as well as Yamaha synthesizers and Fender guitars along with tape effects and vocals. Throughout the 1980s, they self-released many cassettes, and the renowned masterpiece Grey Skies / Blurred 7” single. They were selected for the Radio Luxembourg song contest in 1985 and received press for their releases and appearance there. Their music can be described as a melodic, emotive new wave. The music featured here includes the songs from the long sold-out Alternative Strategies release from 2009, remastered, along with a collection of previously unreleased material. The release is limited to 999 hand-numbered copies. The records are pressed on 160-gram white vinyl and come in a matte heavyweight gatefold jacket designed by Phil Yamada, featuring unpublished photographs of the band inside the gatefold.
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