spherical objects Further Ellipses / No Man's Land (CD, £10.95)label: Boutique
The first ever reissue 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 third album, Further Ellipses, appeared in 1980 and featured a new, short-lived line-up of the group. The fourth and final album, No Man's Land, was released on Object in October 1981. 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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