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Sacred Islands Of The Mad

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    Dark Entries is honored to present the highly limited second cassette by British duo Nagamatzu for the first time ever on vinyl. "Sacred Islands of the Mad" is a collection of eleven tracks recorded between December 1984 and March 1986 in London by Andrew Lagowski (SETI, Legion, Terror Against Terror) on synths, guitar, and drum machines and Stephen Jarvis (Pure Motorised Instinct, Terraform) on synths, bass and programming.
    Nagamatzu began in 1982 after messing around with old tape machines and drum boxes, making numerous contributions to international compilations and erratically releasing their own cassettes. Their name comes from a character in JG Ballard's "Atrocity Exhibition" and their music reflects his influence and incorporates carefully chosen samples from the Challenger shuttle disaster, Gregorian chants and films including "Dawn of the Dead" and "The Omen." All the songs were recorded onto a Ferrograph reel to reel in a small room at their parent's house and some of the backing rhythms and sequencers were recorded first onto cassette and then the band played along live. Nagamatzu's instrumentals combine stuttering bass, guitar bursts and funeral keyboards draped over a dragging drum machine beat, calling to mind Clock DVA, Cabaret Voltaire and early New Order or Cocteau Twins. "Sacred Islands of the Mad" is a complex, textured tapestry of sound full of dark electronics, fresh harmonies and danceable rhythms.
    All songs have been remastered especially for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios from the original cassette masters. Each LP includes a newsprint zine full of flyers, gig tickets, ads, and photos.

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Dark Entries is honored to present the highly limited second cassette by British duo Nagamatzu for the first time ever on vinyl. "Sacred Islands of the Mad" is a collection of eleven tracks recorded between December 1984 and March 1986 in London by Andrew Lagowski (SETI, Legion, Terror Against Terror) on synths, guitar, and drum machines and Stephen Jarvis (Pure Motorised Instinct, Terraform) on synths, bass and programming.
Nagamatzu began in 1982 after messing around with old tape machines and drum boxes, making numerous contributions to international compilations and erratically releasing their own cassettes. Their name comes from a character in JG Ballard's "Atrocity Exhibition" and their music reflects his influence and incorporates carefully chosen samples from the Challenger shuttle disaster, Gregorian chants and films including "Dawn of the Dead" and "The Omen." All the songs were recorded onto a Ferrograph reel to reel in a small room at their parent's house and some of the backing rhythms and sequencers were recorded first onto cassette and then the band played along live. Nagamatzu's instrumentals combine stuttering bass, guitar bursts and funeral keyboards draped over a dragging drum machine beat, calling to mind Clock DVA, Cabaret Voltaire and early New Order or Cocteau Twins. "Sacred Islands of the Mad" is a complex, textured tapestry of sound full of dark electronics, fresh harmonies and danceable rhythms.
All songs have been remastered especially for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios from the original cassette masters. Each LP includes a newsprint zine full of flyers, gig tickets, ads, and photos.

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released April 25, 2017

Nagamatzu are Stephen Jarvis and Andrew Lagowski.
All tracks from Sacred Islands of the Mad
originally available on cassette in 1986.
Written and performed by Nagamatzu Dec 84 - Mar 86
Produced by Andrew Lagowski.
Remastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios,
berkeley August 2010
DESIGNED by Eloise LEIgh
Nagamatzu thanks: Ann Lagowska for the reading of
Der Gute Kamerad by Ludwig Uhland, JAME S PARTRIDGE ,
and Josh Cheon for this opportunity.
Dark En tries thanks: An drew Lagowski, Stephen
Jarvis, Mike Honeycutt, George Horn, Eloise Leigh
We dedicate this album to Ryszard Lagowski.
(c)+(p) 2010 Dark Entries Records

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