The latest obscurity to be reissued by Andy Votel's label is due for release next month.
The tracks on the compilation were composed on a homemade synth by Andy Popplewell when he was in his teens, making it faintly reminiscent of Minimal Wave's 2012 reissue of Felix Kubin's Teenage Tapes. The Tape Recorder And Synthesiser Ensemble—also known as T.R.A.S.E—was largely Popplewell's solo endeavour, though he sometimes called on his brother to play guitar.
Popplewell later went on to work for the BBC as a sound effects man, before pursuing a career as a studio engineer and tape archivist. One of the album's tracks, "Electronic Rock," is streaming on SoundCloud (it has also been separately released as a 7-inch single). For more on Andy Votel, check out his Playing Favourites from earlier this year.
Though the official release date for the album is November 4th, it has already hit the shelves at some record shops.
02. Electronic rock (1983 instr.)
05. Talk To Me (1983 version)
07. Angel Face (Glitter Band Cover)
08. Unrequited Love (1983 instr.)
10. This Life Of Yours (early version)
11. We Are So Fragile
12. Momento (early elec. guitar version)
14. War Machine
15. Voices (CD only)
Finders Keepers will release Tape Recorder And Synthesiser Ensemble on November 4th, 2013.