Neutron 9000: Lady Burning Sky


Rising High 1994.  RSNLP23


By 1994 I was getting a bit bored of indiepop and had moved on to experimental electronica.  There’s not been much of that here because by then I’d almost stopped buying vinyl after a traumatic washing machine flood damaged quite a bit of my stash (now resurrected thanks to a fancy record cleaning machine).  For some reason though, this did get bought on vinyl.

It’s an overlooked ambient classic, following on from the KLF’s liberation of the genre from the highbrow (Eno) and the crusties (Tangerine Dream).  It makes more than a passing nod to those pioneers, but it is also very much of its time – in a good way.  I’ve always been quite label-centric, and this partly caught my eye because of that; Rising High produced some of the most interesting electronic releases back then.

This doesn’t seem at all experimental listening to it almost 20 years after its release.  It’s accessible and melodic, albeit with some very long tracks.  It worked well as I read the paper with the rain hammering down outside.

  1. Rising High Records was a favourite label of mine back then. I discovered the label from taping the radio shows of Colin Favor and Colin Dale, (with his Abstract Dance) during the week on Kiss FM. Colin Favor was a big fan of Air Liquide and Oliver Lieb, and even had a Rising High jingle which you would hear most weeks, due to the fact the label was putting out a release every other week. Happy days for the label-centrics out there.

    Favourite ambient artists on Rising High: MLO, Mixmaster Morris (The Irresistible Force).

    1. I came across the label thanks to Wagon Christ, but I also have some MLO and a few compilations.

  2. Typo: it’s Colin Faver, (not Favor). Sorry Colin… my bad.

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