Sunday, January 08, 2006

antena-limited addition review

ANTENA - "To Climb The Cliff" b/w "Ingenuous" 45
In 1981 three young Parisian's took their love for 70's synth pioneers Kraftwerk, Faust and Neu and combined it with a passion for 60's Brazillian icons Antonio Carlos Jobim, Caetano Veloso, and Joao & Astrud Gilberto. Before groups like Stereolab, Air, and the Pizzicato Five would make multi ethnic electronic music, there was Antena and their album "Camino Del Sol", a landmark venture of french pop, bossa nova and electronic styles that laid the groundwork for the electro-samba movement that artist like Bebel Gilberto, Si*Se`, Moreno Veloso, Los Aterciopelados, Arto Lindsay and others would popularize almost two decades later.

In late 2001 I was digging through the international bins at Reckless in Chicago and stumbled upon "Camino Del Sol." It was the kind of record you bought just because the cover looked so incredibly cool. Several hours later I had played the record three times, flipping from A to B back to A. The record didn't leave my turntable for close to two weeks.

After several months of research I found the owners of the master tapes. They agreed to let me reissue the album's best track "To Climb The Cliff" as well as opened up their vault of unreleased material where I found "Ingenuous." This record is limited to 300 copies on black vinyl.