• 1.
    Unknown Artist - Orgelns Fodelse
  • 2.
    Glenn Winter - Herrens Svar
  • 3.
    Santiago de Gil - Pa Min Resa
  • 4.
    Ferdinand Rhtym - Narcotics
  • 5.
    Artificial Control - Silent Face
  • 6.
    Artifical Control - Signal Out
  • 7.
    The Heart Of Darkness - Fixerad
  • 8.
    The Heart Of Darkness - Gadji Beri Bimba
  • 9.
    Caique - With Or Without You
  • 10.
    Corteche - Wind And Forest
  • 11.
    SSpilluffe - Killed By Death
  • 12.
    18:e Oktober - Hector Lokfrisk
  • 13.
    Moulin Rouge - Silence
  • 14.
    Peter Tengvall - Utdrag Nr 1-3
  • 15.
    Engürdetz - Let The Concrete Fall
  • 16.
    Art Division - X-Squad
  • 17.
    Art Division - New Art
  • 18.
    Patchwork - Shadows
  • 19.
    Patchwork - A Minute
  • 20.
    Ausgang Verboten - Consumer
  • 21.
    Overlords - Sea City
  • 22.
    Overlords - Secrets Of The Universe
  • 23.
    Unknown Artist - Varksam Begravning
  • MW033

Minimal Wave proudly presents a newly remastered vinyl edition of the cult Swedish cassette compilation Orgelvärk, subtitled “en stadig samling svensk synthmusik” – “a solid collection of Swedish synth music”. Orgelvärk is a compilation of Swedish synthpop, experimental and industrial music representative of the underground tape scene that thrived there in the 1980s. Many of the bands didn’t quite fit into one particular genre, and most remained unknown. They lived in small villages and were making what can be described as electronic folk music.
Orgelvärk was originally compiled and released on cassette in 1986 by Tor Sigvardson, also known for his own musi- cal project 18:e Oktober and cassette label Neuköln. The vinyl edition includes five previously unreleased tracks which were submitted to Tor for the original 1986 cassette release but due to space limitations, never made it on there. All the audio has been remastered from the original tapes especially for vinyl by Tor himself. Limited edition of 999 hand-num- bered copies, pressed on 160 gram vinyl and presented in a matte gatefold jacket with a letter from Tor accompanied by further information on the bands.

* Denotes bonus track(s) available only on a CD / Digital version of this release, if a CD / Digital version of this release is available


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    From minimal-wave to quirky art-sound to house party synth grooves, if it was made today I would complement the sound zoom recording quality and the rhythm taps. This evokes gothic cellars and vampires through melody, reverb, and the foreign language (swedish). The sound is between Glass Candy (side 4/ track 4), Suicide (2/1), the Rocky Soundtrack (3/6), Depeche Mode (2/4), the Ghostbusters Soundtrack, and the sounds found of the Absolute Body Control box set. This compilation was first released on cassette the year I was born (’86), only now reaching a wider audience with this limited release on Minimal Wave Records (our’s is #274). This is enjoyable stuff, and I learned a little bit about sweden’s geography from the very cool graphic on the inside flap showing where each band hail from. Some tracks with female vocalist (not enough to out-number the males), some instrumental, some love and dance pop, some merely rhythm and beat, some a combo art and dance attack, and if the title is in english then the song is also in english (otherwise it’s swedish), and the titles often appear in the song as a chorus or some part of the song-text. Maybe I like distractions but my favorite part as reviewer here is learning that a caique (the name of one of the bands) is also a very beautiful and friendly looking bird.

    - 2011