The George-Edwards Group Archives on LP
Drag City and Galactic Zoo Disks first turned the world on to The George-Edwards Group in 2009, with their never-exactly-released late ‘70s alien autumnal song-scape 38.38. Their music is singular and great, and most assumed that 38.38 was their one, definitive statement. However, this 2011 Archives release contains a treasure trove of bizarre riches spanning from the 38:38-era to what appears to be the mid-'80s.
In 1977, anxious for a record deal of some kind, veteran Detroit post-rockers Edward Balian and Ray George (formerly of Andromeda) took matters into their own hands and pressed up a hundred or so LPs of their most recent work. When Galactic Zoo Disks brought this in for a proper release a few years back, 38:38 withstood any and all collector hype with a set of stately and haunting low-fit tunes that offered an unusually highbrow take on the archetypal Midwestern rock 'n' roll existentialism usually addressed with a solid beat and sneering vocal. The group had created a lonesome, quasi-baroque pop sound replete with acoustic guitars, harmonies, heavily-reverberant piano riffs, bells, chimes and cold sheets of synthesizer in a near-total late-'70s void!
Archives is a more rocking version of The George-Edwards sound. The tremulous, strangely timbered vocals are still their signature, but this time they're atop a few highly compressed and fuzzed-out rock cuts, as well as several synthed-out dirges that would make Suicide, Bruce Haack or Cabaret Voltaire cock an ear.