JD Twitch will give the Throbbing Gristle co-founder's debut album its first vinyl pressing.
Originally titled The Space Between, Carter's debut work was recorded in London between 1974 and 1978 and released via Gristle's Industrial Records. Until now, none of the recordings on the album have ever been available on vinyl. The new version features only six of the original 15 songs, all of which have been re-mastered by Carter himself, plus a bonus track called "Climbing," which Twitch credits with being "one of the first ever recordings to use an 808 drum machine."
Releasing The Spaces Between seems like a natural move for Twitch; Optimo have always worn their Throbbing Gristle influence on their sleeve (their 2007 mix CD Walkabout takes its title from one of the band's tunes.) "In my opinion, these are some of the key recordings in the history of electronic music," says Twitch. "They were made using very basic equipment at a time when there was no blueprint for what electronic music could and should be. There is a beauty, an emotion and an imagination present here that is lacking in a lot of modern machine music. This music is as vital and wondrous today as it was four decades ago."
The Spaces Between marks a shift in direction for Optimo Music. Twitch launched the label in 2009, and to date has used it mostly as a platform for fledgling artists from Glasgow, such as Big Ned, Den Haan, Divorce and Older Love. The new LP will be Optimo Music's second full-length to date, and its first foray into reissues.
Optimo Music will release The Spaces Between in September 2010.