One of the most wonderful pieces of music in the collection I’ve built up throughout the years. The second album from the man behind the name He Said, titled “Take Care” released in 1989. A monumentally underrated act, from the purveying label Mute Records. Which takes me into a vast landscape of decay, questions, love and everything in between. Much like the stance John Foxx took in his song “Underpass“, which was influenced by the author J B Ballards dystopian view of the future, as concrete landscapes, towering up behind, in front and everywhere. When I listen to this record, it feels like I’m fighting against time together with Graham Lewis. Which is the sole part of He Said, but also was a member of the rather popular English rock/punk-band Wire. There’s some kind of nostalgia in each song, reminding you of the place you live in and the thoughts you’ve had before. A kind of bittersweet memory of those times, which you can recollect when living in a decaying society, filled with concrete and depression. He’s a perfect reminder of how it is, even though this was released in the 80’s. The songs are borderline IDM and very experimental, utilizing the wonders of snappy rhythms and nice melodies which are danceable to say the least. Some songs are more emotional than others, whilst some are more industrial than anything else. At least when I tune into them, there’s some kind of seriousness behind some of the songs.
There’s only one song that have a vague sense of humor attached to itself, at least lyrically, which can be sensed in the song “A.B.C. Dicks Love“. The other songs are more cynical, emotional and melancholic at heart. Maybe not when it comes to the melody or rhythms at times, but a general perforation into those subjects can be heard. I also like how it doesn’t employ the weird styles of IDM in any other fashion than to wrap it around something interesting, there’s always something going on and it’s pretty easy to listen to. Even though it sounds very underground and probably still is. One of the more powerful songs on this album, that really touched me emotionally was the song “Get Out Of That Rain“, which is totally instrumental. But the synths in that song are extremely gallant and take me on a trip through the sky, holding me up on its musical wings. It very much feels like an interlude to the next song, which is “Hole In The Sky“, a thrashing song that just spikes up the subject a notch and brings you into a chaotic environment.
I like the whole album a lot, but these are some honorable mentions. You should get the album if you can and store it in your vinyl-collection, because it’s an essential piece that you need to get. Twelve great songs all-in-all and wonderful music for your ears to listen to. This is for those of you that prefer to keep it a little bit underground.