• spherical objects Past & Parcel / Elliptical Optimism (CD, £10.95)

    label: Boutique

    The Boutique Label presents the first ever reissues by cult Manchester band Spherical Objects, active between 1978 and 1981 and the core group on the highly collectible Object Music label. * Formed by singer, songwriter and dj Steve Solamar in 1978, Spherical Objects produced a unique brand of what early champion Paul Morley termed ’existentialist psychedelia’. Their first album, Past & Parcel, appeared in August 1978 and predated releases on other Manchester post-punk labels such as Factory. The second album, Elliptical Optimism, was released on Object in October 1979. The band only played occasional live gigs, and preferred instead to concentrate on recording albums, releasing no less than four in as many years. Spherical Objects (and the Object label) ceased operations in 1981, after Steve Solamar resolve a lifelong contradiction by becoming a woman. As part of this process Solamar even destroyed his own mastertapes. Since then his music has rarely been heard, and the Object(s) catalogue has languished in undeserved obscurity. However an Object anthology has now been released as part of the Auteur Labels series on LTM, which includes rare non-album singles by Spherical Objects and its members. The artist formerly known as Steve Solamar is alive and well, and lives a happy spiritual and musical life.

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