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From A to B

New Musik

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Album Review

New Musik's debut album, From A to B, is one of the best — and most influential — electronic LPs of the '80s. Its keyboards may sound dated, but there's a freshness to these charming, unpretentious songs that hasn't been spoiled by technological advances in computerized instrumentation. Many new wave revivalists have attempted to capture the nerdy vocals and quirky synthesized bleeps of From A to B and failed. This record is a product of its time, recorded when keyboards were viewed as eventually replacing guitar and bass as rock & roll tools. While many synth pop groups became mired in existential woe to show that they had emotions underneath the layers of Casio hiccups, New Musik is having a blast on From A to B. "With robot precision/We're gonna be doin' just fine," sings Tony Mansfield (guitars, keyboards, vocals) with geek sincerity on the exhilarating "Straight Lines." Like Kraftwerk, New Musik uses keyboards to create moods and not just to make feet move. However, From A to B is more accessible than any Kraftwerk album. The tracks on the LP are structured like traditional pop songs with choruses catchy enough for the Beatles, a band whom New Musik would cover later, on 1982's disappointing Warp. There are no love ditties, but tracks like the soaring "On Islands" generate warmth, and the group often utilizes acoustic strumming to prevent everything from seeming too mechanical. "Science" is nerdy sci-fi dance music years before Thomas Dolby. The CD reissue adds three bonus tracks — "Missing Persons," "She's a Magazine," and "Sad Films" — that make the album even more appealing. Somehow, the archaic synthesizers aren't embarrassing; instead, the years have preserved their coolness. [The '98 Netherlands release includes additional bonus material.]

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Finally!

Slowly iTunes is acquiring many great and under appreciated Post Punk, New Wave, Synth Pop bands and this is one of them! Although most people that write iTunes main descriptions "get it wrong" I am happy that they are releasing albums such as this! New Musik had many contemporaries at the time this came out. There was something very amazing happening in the UK from 1975 until 1985 and this is part of that movement along with the likes of OMD, Magazine, Thomas Dolby et all.. Tony Mansfield went on to a great career as a Producer! For another under appreciated 80s Producer-Artist check out Rupert Hine!! His work for Saga and The Fixx is amazing!! As well as his solo album The Wildest Wish To Fly as well as his band Thinkman are amazing!

finally

It's about time for New Musik to be available on itunes. One of the most amazing and differentiated pop bands of the early 80's. Never matched by anybody for their incredible hooks and wonderfully catchy and edgy feel. This is the music you want to listen to when you need a friend. You'll find him here.

Stunning Early Electro-Pop

Everything about this album, from the slick keyboards, vocals and melodies, to one of the all-time great album covers, simply rocks! New Musik created a style all their own, early on, and paved the way for many. many synth oriented bands to come. Classy, structured, fluid and focused, "From A to B" is stunning.

Biography

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s

New Musik's near-total lack of commercial acceptance is one of the great mysteries of early-'80s pop. Their music, rooted in classic pop songwriting but with a forward-looking interest in shiny electronics, is both instantly accessible and coolly forbidding. This dichotomy is most clearly expressed in the split between group leader Tony Mansfield's melodies, which are hummable, welcoming,...
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