EC NUDES, THE: Vanishing Point
Heard now, this record captures presciently that point between pre-punk experimentalism and the high-energy, post-punk, devil-may-care spirit that was already on its way out in the early 90s. A touring trio, American singer and multi-instrumentalist Amy Denio, Swiss guitarist Wadi Gysi, drummer and lyricist Chris Cutler made only one recording, but they seem to have crammed everything they knew into it: complexity, simplicity, furious pace, lyricism, eccentric arrangements, strange sounds, rich orchestrations (lots of overdubbing) and some seat-ofthe-pants soloing. Amy, previously employed by the Musak corporation; Wadi, professionally an untamed improviser and Cutler - with Henry Cow on one side and Pere Ubu on the other - locked themselves into a very intense period of rehearsal and then immediately committed everything to tape which they handed to Bob Drake (then recently arrived) to mix. This album was the result and it still captures the febrile atmosphere of breathless impatience that attended its making. [their uncouth version of O Pastor caused a minor scandal in Portugal at the time]. Heard now, its possible that age and events have even improved it.