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Minimal Wave

Released: 18th December 2020

LP£28.99Out of Stock

Legendary 1984 Cold Wave classic.

The blurred VHS capture of the sleeve says it all. We're in an automated, mechanically erotic future dreamed up in the early 80s. Jyl's self titled album was originally released on Klaus Schulze’s Inteam label, now reissued on Minimal Wave.

Born and raised in California, Jyl travelled to Europe in her twenties to dance and met several talented and like-minded collaborators along the way. She ended up in Germany, and worked with Ingo Werner, Angela Werner, and Klaus Schulze, on what would become one of the most important and forward thinking electronic albums of the time. Shortly after its release, the song “Computer Love” became a mini-hit along with the album’s opening track “Mechanic Ballerina”. The lyrics of “Silicon Valley” and “Computer Generation” are reflective of the times and have become even more relevant now, 36 years later. The production and song arrangement on the album is immaculate. The synthesizers, drum programming and vocal contributions complement Jyl’s voice perfectly. The album contains an incredible depth beyond a regular dance album likely due to the spirit of the people behind it – the list of contributors add to its significance and near-mythological mystery.

After years of searching to no avail, the master tapes were finally located and we were able to remaster them for the best possible audio result. The record is pressed on black 180 gram vinyl and comes housed in a glossy heavyweight sleeve. The sleeve features an updated version of the original artwork, and is accompanied by a 12 page LP sized booklet, featuring large scale portraits of Jyl from the time, an interview (thank you, Anders Larrson), and all of Jyl’s previously unpublished lyrics.

Superlative, robotic funk presided over by the towering, cold vocal presence of Jyl. Love it.