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Caroline K

Now Wait For Last Year (LP)

Label: Mannequin Records

Format: LP

Genre: Electronic

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Mannequin Records is proud to present the official reissue of Caroline K's outstanding 1985 album, "Now Wait For Last Year." This haunting, wistful work of post-industrial synthesizer music sees the late Nocturnal Emissions co-founder only solo record, which has accrued a fervent cult following over the past 40 years, and copies of the original pressing are today extremely rare and sought-after. The music on "Now Wait For Last Year" seems to exist firmly outside of it. Tags like industrial, minimal synth or proto-techno can't really do justice to the richly cinematic sound-world that Caroline K describes: from the sustained ambient tension of sidelong opener "The Happening World" to the future-primitive rhythms and stately piano flourishes "Animal Lattice", and the melancholic, deep-frozen synth sequences of "Cheart". For fans of Throbbing Gristle, Chris Carter, Nocturnal Emissions

All selections composed, arranged and played by Caroline K, Recorded and produced by Caroline K

The first five tracks of Now Wait For Last Year were originally released as a vinyl LP by Earthly Delights in 1987. Truly one of the most adventurous, emotive and accomplished full-lengths to come out of the UK underground in that period.

She was unique. Had a bad time in her childhood, her later years were never comfortable. But somehow she got an intensity, feeling of direction. Anything she didn’t know, she just learnt it. Awful history in the countryside, then in London, carrying the banner against injustices. I was in the studio many times with her, the single mindedness. Brilliant technician. Long time before sampling took hold, Caroline had 4-track loops, proper innovation. A bit insecure, had to be in a band (natural for the period) to begin, but when she got on her own, I honestly think her material is up with the best classical musicians, with rock’n’roll - just listen.”- by Danny Ayers, Nocturnal Emission, husband of Caroline K. 

Cat. number: MNQ159LP
Year: 2022

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