Bunhill Row

PD 019LP PD 019LP

2006 release. 1980 was an incredible year for London's experimental music scene with many different strands. Recommended records were re-releasing the first two Faust LPs, L. Voag had found "the way out," Swell Maps were "in occupied Europe." Throbbing Gristle and other industrialists were giving plenty of live actions. Nurse With Wound had just released their first LP, as had This Heat. The other great LP on Piano Records by Steve Beresford was also on the shelves. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the capitol, Adam Bohman was making his first recordings working with two budget cassette recorders. Bunhill Row was the first complete album of material, but while the aforementioned artists were pressing up their sounds and making them easily available at Rough Trade or the Recommended Records shop, Adam's releases remained in tiny cassette editions made for friends or exchanged on the mail-art network. So here is Bunhill Row, released as it should have appeared at the time -- on vinyl. It must be said that this is quite unlike any of Adam's other releases, and quite unlike his work with Morphogenesis, or his work as one-half of The Bohman Brothers. This is "songs" -- 30 in all, and the main instrument used is a trumpet (an ordinary trumpet), along with a variety of other acoustic instruments and objects, many of which are still part of the Bohman armory, as known. Somehow it all works, and all-in-all opens another window onto the incredibly fruitful astral alignment that occurred over London at this time.