Modern English Mesh And Lace on Numbered 200g LP
Also Available on Numbered Colored Vinyl
British new wave act Modern English were one of the bands that Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent originally approached Martin Mills about in 1979 when setting up 4AD as a label. After a self-released 45 ("Drowning Man"), they made their label debut with the "Swans On Glass" single, which was followed later in the year by "Gathering Dust." Modern English expanded on the promise of their early singles with the 1981 studio debut, Mesh & Lace, a memorably atmospheric album that helped re-position guitar-rock in the wake of Joy Division, PiL and Wire. It also sported the first official 23 Envelope sleeve credit, thus ushering in an artistic collaboration that would provide 4AD with a recognizable visual identity.