Bitter Lake Records (Japan-o-centric reissue label run out of Material World store in NYC) realise the wet dreams of many current record seekers (yes, you at home with the unpaid Discogs invoice!) / hit a total bullseye with this limited re-run of the 1980, NOT ON LABEL, MINIMAL / EXPERIMENTAL…JAPANESE 7 INCH SINGLE - C. Memi’s 'No Chocolate' / 'Dreams Dream'.
While "No Choclate" peddles a foray of gleeful piano bashing and new wave BOUNCE, the whacked-out flip, "Dreams Dream", is one for us.
Absolutely no idea what Megumi Nagahara is singing about here, but her words are phrased with a MOST PLEASING rhythm that transports you back to the first time you heard Martin Rev's atonal, afflicted bleating. There's an immediacy here that you always hope will be part of any DIY project, it’s a personal, imaginative and timeless song that resonates in the moment while also boasting all the intrigue and mystique that you could hope for in that early-80s-German-sculptor-that-done-this-one-self-released-single-thats-really-hard-to-find-but-is-actually-quite-gnarly-and-could-totally-trip-out-a-dancefloor shit.
Aye, 'Dream’s Dream' is full of impulse, most notably delivered by a shrieking winkle-pong synth (courtesy of Tohru Saitoh) that drives a spike through it’s slurred, enchanting rhythmic strut, its squeal, the only thing slapping you out of the tense cowbell clank of this totally off the hinges, woman-from-the-moon, ritualistic dance.
Not entirely sure if this one will speak to everyone who copped the recent reissue of the Heavenly Peace 12", this 7” came three years earlier and feels far less refined, less sure of itself - and in the best way possible. But also tougher. More leather jacket than pyjamas!
Limited copies of this in stock now, act fast to avoid that 'orrible NO CHOCOLATE feeling.