The Arms Of Someone New

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Susan Sleepwalking

The Arms Of Someone New - Susan Sleepwalking ©1984 Projekt Archive
1. St. Catherine
2. The Fisherman
3. Song For Krista
4. With Louise
5. The Turning
6. Seven Days From Now
7. Karen Said
8. Rainbows
9. Susan Slept Here
10. A Turner Sky
11. Transformation
12. The Spiral Of Silence
13. Left To Right
14. Every Seventh Wave
15. Angel Of The Odd
16. My Friend
17. The Holy Dance
18. Whitefriars

Yet another fully obscure reissue from Projekt Records, The Arms of Someone New was a new wave oriented band from the mid 80s. Their sound can be likened somewhat to early Legendary Pink Dots albums, especially in the usage of limited or primitive technology with the drum machines and a very childlike (not childish) sound. Although the two bands do not sound the same, sonically speaking, there is a certain mood and ambience they both share. The biggest downfall I've found with The Arms of Someone New is that any song with the drum machine is tedious to sit through. The drum machine is truly awful. Think of those old machines that had such settings as "Rock 1" and "Rock 2" and you get the idea. The outfit does do a fairly reasonable job of weaving interesting guitar parts, whether they be acoustic, electric or treated guitar stylings. The vocals are fairly sedate and leaflike, fitting the mood fairly well. Keyboards are used as somber yet lush texture off and on throughout the recordings. But as I've stated before, that drum machine does a lot to harm any song it appears on. The band would have been better off clapping their hands and slapping their knees for beats.

For fans of 80s new wave and goth, there might be something of note from the material culled from three different releases. More than a few songs are interesting, assuming you can get beyond the horrendous drum machine. Considering how far this technology has come in the past fifteen years, this album is archaic and quaint but not always listenable if you aren't in the mood for such obviously dated music.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 10/2000

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Love, Power & Justice

The Arms Of Someone New - Love, Power & Justice ©1985 Projekt Archive
1. Silhouette
2. Hollywood
3. No City Fun
4. Next Year In Jerusalem
5. Summer Dress
6. Your Evening At Home
7. The Sense Of An Ending
8. Believe Me
9. Our Town
10. Everything At Once
11. The Sense Of An Ending (4 Track Version)
12. In Between (demo Version)
13. Summer Dress (4 Track Version)
14. Radio Now (demo Version)
15. Hollywood (promise Version)
16. Cool As Christ
17. Uptown

The second reissue of The Arms of Someone New by Projekt Archive finds the band shedding some of the lo-fi technological barriers that were found on Susan Sleepwalking. While still plagued with Cheesy Drum Machine Syndrome, Love, Power & Justice has a better and more fleshed out overall sound that adds a huge degree of lushness to the music that was lacking in the earlier recordings. That in itself makes this particular disc a much more appealing listen than its predecessor. As with the other reissue on Projekt Archive, Love, Power & Justice is appended by a healthy selection of bonus tracks, demo versions and other hard to find items. Of course, considering The Arms of Someone New was already fairly obscure, "hard to find" is somewhat redundant.

The music throughout the album is similar to Susan Sleepwalking, only better realized. There is a tendency to create a trancelike effect for the listener in a lot of the music and I still am peripherally reminded of early Legendary Pink Dots material, mostly due to the technologically impaired quality of the recording. Aside from the really awful drum machine, there is a lot of interesting interplay between synthesizers, guitars and the vocals throughout. The music benefits from stronger energy from the band as well as a more satisfying variety between the songs. This is the kind of reissue that will certainly intrigue those who are infinitely fascinated with goth from the mid-80s as well as new wave. I wouldn't recommend these two reissues to anyone but the most devoted fans of the genre. However, I do recommend that those interested in this band start with this particular reissue and then work their way backwards to Susan Sleepwalking.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 12/2000

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