Bookended by Cats was named after Milo and Otis. They are the short, orange, and furry brothers who, upon entering our lives in 2003, often bookended us on our couch. And who are we? We're a geek couple living in PA. We love music, movies, TV, comics, books, and comic cons. And, from time to time, we'll share our thoughts on these nerdy things.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Friday 80s Flashback for October 16, 2020


[Mysticism for the People!] -- I realize that not many of our regulars will be familiar with this band. Hel, I wasn't aware of them until very recently. So, while my sonic palette has been expanded, my gain is also your gain. I hope. Anyway, Vox Populi! ‎was a French group who billed themselves as "ethno-industrial." Influenced by industrial music and power electronics, Vox Populi! worked with heavy synth, droning, studio wizardry, and effects to create atmospheric, trance-like audio experiences. This style has several other descriptors such as ambient, darkwave, and coldwave. Vox Populi! made around 108 recorded appearances (according to discogs), 12 of which were their own albums released between 1982 and 1989. (They also released records in 2009 and 2019, but I'm uncertain if that qualifies them as being currently active; perhaps someone can let me know). This week, I'm looking at their 1985 release, Myscitismes, which was recently rereleased on 140 gram vinyl LP, a favorite format for coldwave enthusiasts. So, if you need some background music for reading, writing, or just winding down, this 12-track recording just might be something you should add to your listening rotation. My favorite tracks are "Trois Gouttes De Sang," "Omid," and "Myscitisme II."

Flashback: Vox Populi! ‎– Myscitismes (full album playlist) 

That's all till next week. Dedicated 80s-philes can find more flashbacks in the Prophet or Madman archives or via Bookended's 80s Flashback tag. As always, your comments are welcome on today's, or any other, flashback post. And if you like what I'm doing here, please share the link with your friends. If, however, you don't like the flashback, feel free to share it with your enemies.

I'll see you in seven!