Unbelievable/beautiful handmade LP reissue of this amazing sub-underground masterpiece from Seattle 1979: not much is known about Alien City but what we do know is that it was the obsessive personal project of one Jon Turnbow who saw it as a concept album based around ideas of “the incarnation of celestial visitors” and who is rumoured to have spent some time in an insane asylum after the LP came out. Originally privately released in an edition of 500 copies, this ultra-limited/handmade edition represents its first ever reissue and the first time it has been even remotely available. Alien City have a damaged/moody glam side to their avant garage, mainlining Bowie with alla the no count élan of fellow wasteland glam units like Victoria Vein & The Thunderpunks, Debris, Crime, Germs et al while cutting it the kinda extended basement prog that would marry Jane From Occupied Europe-era Swell Maps and the fist Vertical Slit LP (which in many ways is the only ‘true’ contemporary reference point). Turnbow’s vision of day-glo basement UFO communion has some of the reality-warping appeal of a Doctor Mix And The Remix circa “Sister Ray” and the song stylings are the equal of an Alastair Galbraith or Peter Gutteridge but the feel is so irradiated that it could almost be a moody/hermetic basement re-think of the second Chrome album. Still, this is truly a one-shot deal and perhaps it’s time to hand over to John Olson of Wolf Eyes for his drooling appreciation: Unbelievable/beautiful handmade LP reissue of this amazing sub-underground masterpiece from Seattle 1979: not much is known about Alien City but what we do know is that it was the obsessive personal project of one Jon Turnbow who saw it as a concept album based around ideas of “the incarnation of celestial visitors” and who is rumoured to have spent some time in an insane asylum after the LP came out. Originally privately released in an edition of 500 copies, this ultra-limited/handmade edition represents its first ever reissue and the first time it has been even remotely available. Alien City have a damaged/moody glam side to their avant garage, mainlining Bowie with alla the no count élan of fellow wasteland glam units like Victoria Vein & The Thunderpunks, Debris, Crime, Germs et al while cutting it the kinda extended basement prog that would marry Jane From Occupied Europe-era Swell Maps and the fist Vertical Slit LP (which in many ways is the only ‘true’ contemporary reference point). Turnbow’s vision of day-glo basement UFO communion has some of the reality-warping appeal of a Doctor Mix And The Remix circa “Sister Ray” and the song stylings are the equal of an Alastair Galbraith or Peter Gutteridge but the feel is so irradiated that it could almost be a moody/hermetic basement re-think of the second Chrome album. One of the major weirdo unearthing of 2014, very limited supply, make your move! Highest possible recommendation!

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