Sunday, April 26, 2009

A.T.R.O.X. - Water Tales LP

I must admit that my knowledge of Italian postpunk/wave is quite limited. Too bad there's no site dedicated to it like the French New Wave one.
A.T.R.O.X. was one of those bands that always intrigued me but info is very scarce. Once read they were 'Tuxedomoon-like'. Not that A.T.R.O.X. are Tuxedomoon copyists, it's more a matter of musical approach. It's the atmosphere of the songs that make this album a fine listen. Actually you can't compare A.T.R.O.X. with anything else. 'From The Highest Rock' is the hardest track on it especially of the use of some guitar-like sound in overdrive. The B-side has some shorter instrumentals.
'Water Tales' is the band's second album. Both their records aren't easy to find these days although this one shows up for sale more than the first one. It was released on the bigger Italian indie label Contempo. The first one 'The Night's Remains' was released on the small label Trinciato Forte. Couldn't find a copy yet but I would really like to hear it. You could make me happy with a decent rip of it. I also want to hear how the band evolved from their early stuff to this one.
As stated on the back sleeve: this album collects some tales that might suggest you about the future effects of the famous mixture of hydrogenum and oxygene.

Water Tales LP (Contempo-L.P. 001-1984)
1. Overture To The Tales
2. Overflow Me
3. From The Highest Rock
4. The Warm Current
5. In The Playtime
6. Frosting Of Cloudless Nights
7. At The Surface
8. The Journey
9. Time Is Like A Whale
10. To The Nile's Delta

Link removed. Buy the 2CD on Spittle.


a total said...

very interesting band. thank you for all your hard work!

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Anonymous said...

Good italian cold wave band. Thanx for this!

Fritz die Spinne said...

Very Neat! I ahve a few Italian bands that may be of interest. I always found a very creepy element to the Italian Darkwave.

BTW< added some posts once again to my blog.


Anonymous said...

This is good, intelligent, diversified music with a very special feeling about it. Thank you! Can anyone supply the first album?!?

Arno Ouwejan said...

Great melancholic album in the same vain as Pink Industry. I've had it on tape once in the eighties but i sadly lost it. i managed to find 2 mp3's but still i would love to have the complete album again... anyone happen to have mp3s?

Curious Guy said...

Hey Arno, do you mean the ATROX or Pink Industry that you're looking for? For ATROX, just click on the link below the titles.
Good news: I just got their 1st album in!

desbela said...

added link to this page on Venus+On.
THXs for the first A.T.R.O.X. album.
I've waited years ('til now)to hear it! ;)