Rocket Robert (CD)
Those who’ve dirtied their fingers searching high and low for analog synth nuggets can rejoice at the arrival of under-the-radar synthesizer maverick “Rocket” Robert Moore.
Less a reissue than an exhumation-what with a scant, hand-screened 142 copies produced in 1982 that circulated little outside the confines of Oregon state-Rocket Robert drifts in the backward-looking sounds of early synth innovators, while equally mining the kraut-tinged moments of punk-era instro synth explorers and the first breaths of synth-pop, rather than carrying similarities to the “New Wave” that was then talking hold of the masses.
Issued by Moore’s own Salem, Oregon-based Future Records in 1982, his eponymous debut is simultaneously light-hearted and shot-though with ominous oscillations and offers up a darkly-throbbing, other-worldly vibe that is sure to ensnare synth-heads, beat-diggers and those searching the margins of the private-press alike.
Got Kinda Lost Records is over the moon to allow this singular, unique album another chance to shine.
RIYL: Delia Derbyshire, Fad Gadget, Mort Garson, Gershon Kingsley, Martin Rev, Morton Subotnick, etc.
“Unclassifiable outsider synth-damage not unlike Bite-era Bruce Haack and Damon Edge of Chrome collaborating, or weirdo proto-new wavers like Ghostwriters, Pulsar, Todd Tamanend Clark, or a non-operatic Klaus Nomi. Better yet, imagine a Grandmaster Flash-obsessed Kluster retreating into a stoney basement with Richard Pinhas-if that makes no sense, you’re on the right path.” – Steven “Plastic Crimewave” Krakow (Galactic Zoo Dossier)
First time reissue of this under-the-radar synth nugget, with original master tape sound.
Recorded in 1982 while having more in common with ’60s analog synthesizer innovators or ’70s German followers of the flame, providing the album an “out of time” quality.
Includes two previously unreleased spaced-out-electro-pop songs from the album sessions.
Insert features informative liner notes by Dave Segal (Staff Writer for Seattle’s alternative weekly The Stranger), culled from interviewing the artist and rare photos from Robert Moore’s archives.
CD edition features a full-color insert with many images not featured in LP edition.
Space Bass Blues – Star Flight – Walking in Space – Space Shuttle – Journey Into the Unknown – I’ve Got My Helmet On [Bonus] – Terrestrial Beings – Docking in Space – Creations Beginning – Dance of the Droids – Deltoids in Space – Bottomless Pit of Space – Living in This Station [Bonus}