Format: Album LP Label: Efficient Space Year: 2019 Genre: Ambient, Abstract, Experimental Condition: Mint Sleeve: Mint Tracklist:
A1 Cold Café Written-By – Karen Marks A2 Won’t Wear It For Long Written-By – Ash Wednesday, Karen Marks A3 You Bring These Things Written-By – Chris Langman, Paul Kelly (2) B1 Cold Café (Demo) Written-By – Karen Marks B2 Problem Page (Demo) Written-By – Ash Wednesday, Karen Marks
Almost four decades since it’s domestic release, Karen Marks’ 1981 single Cold Café has reaped it’s deserved international credit to become one of Australia's most recognised minimal wave recordings. Efficient Space now shares the Melbourne artist's brief but entire discography, produced with experimental synthesist Ash Wednesday (The Metronomes).This archival release combines both cuts from her sought after Astor debut 7" - Cold Café and Won't Wear It For Long, with You Bring These Things, a forlorn arrangement of a Paul Kelly song gifted to her by the revered wordsmith, and two unheard demos - a more paranoid version of her signature tune and a long-lost fourth song Problem Page. Discovered on cassette at the 11th hour, these newly restored living room recordings follow Marks and Wednesday’s ingenious framework of minimal lyrics, minimal chord progressions.