Various – Intenta: Experimental And Electronic Music From Switzerland 1981-93
Label: Les Disques Bongo Joe – BJR 050, Décalé. Records – DéC 003 Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Remastered Country: Switzerland Released: 2020 Genre: Electronic, Rock, Folk, World, & Country Style: Experimental, Ambient, Italo-Disco, Post-Punk, Avantgarde, Synth-pop
Great Geneva record store Bongo Joe excavate the fertile underground of Swiss experimental and electronic music throughout the 80s and early 90s, assembling a ridiculously wide-ranging suite of sought-after cuts and overlooked gems that exist on the fringe of jazz, synth-pop, post-punk and proto-techno whilst all being deeply imbrued in the spirit of free expression and sense of emerging excitement.Two holy names etched into the walls of camp ANF stand out immediately; Andreas Hofers’ scorched no-wave guitar epic stripped from one-off private release ‘Feuer Auf Dem Dach Der Welt’, along with Fizzè’s percussive avant-prog epic ‘Kulu Hatha Mamnua’.But the defining feature of the compilation is the obvious early embrace of the emergent (and increasingly accessible) synthesiser technology of the time, which is used to augment and enrich the with deep seated European jazz vanguard, such as Elephant Château’s sax-heavy drum-machine workout ‘Dreamings’ or the graceful piano-noir of ‘Swiss Air’ from Bells Of Kyoto.Elsewhere, early glimmers of techno’s early influence cut through, with the Air Project’s Kraftwerk-sampling nu-beat anthem ‘Rap Yourself’ or the more academic inclined catchy computer music epic from Mega Wave Orchestra’s Olivier Rogg with ‘GE/CH:Seq’.An expertly compiled collection documenting a snapshot in time of a nation’s musical output that’s still undeservedly underappreciated.(Mint / New).