Spectrum - Forever Alien (RSD20)

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Orange coloured heavyweight 180 gram audiophile double vinyl LPPreviously released on vinyl in 1997British space rock band Spectrum is a project led by Peter Kember under the pseudonym Sonic Boom; an English singer and record producer.He was a founding member, bassist, vocalist and guitarist of alternative rock band Spacemen 3, lasting from 1982 until the band's dissolution in 1991.He provided the production on MGMT's sophomore album Congratulations, Panda Bear's albums Tomboy and Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, and Beach House's seventh album, eponymously titled '7'.As a solo artist, Kember has recorded as Spectrum and E.A.R.(Experimental Audio Research), parallel musical projects with recordings under both names occasionally only featuring Kember.He has occasionally performed live under both monikers, most recently as Spectrum, touring as a band in America and Europe.Kember has also played and collaborated with a number of artists, including Stereolab and Yo La Tengo.'Forever Alien' is the third studio album by Spectrum.It was originally released in August 1997 by Space Age Recordings and has long been out of print on vinyl.After the band's preceding EP 'Songs for Owsley' moved away from guitar-oriented music and towards electronic music, 'Forever Alien' furthered this approach considerably, as Kember aimed to create a predominately electronic album that sounded organic and analogue in style.The record is dominated by vintage analogue synthesizers, including the EMS VCS 3 and EMS Synthi AKS.Kember had become fascinated by the synths as he felt they presented him with more musical possibilities than guitars.The resulting album fuses psychedelic music with influences from the 1960s electronic music of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.The track 'Feels Like I'm Slipping Away' from the album was released as a single and 'Forever Alien' had modest radio success in the US and also received acclaim from critics.Musicians such as Helena Hauff and Ekoplekz have since cited it among their favourite albums.Will Carruthers (ex-Spacemen 3) joined Spectrum on their 1997 tour in support of the album.Now re-mastered by John Rivers at Woodbine Street Studio especially for vinyl release for RSD 2020.