Thursday, April 20, 2023

David Cunningham's Grey Scale

David Cunningham was born in Ireland in 1954. While his work ranges from pop music to gallery installations, his first commercial success came with The Flying Lizards' electro-punk single "Money," an international hit.

Originally released in 1976, Cunningham's first solo album Grey Scale has become a landmark statement of DIY minimalist composition – continuing in the vein of the wild explosion of arthouse experimentation from the early '70s. Cunningham, then a student at the Maidstone College of Art in Kent, drafted fellow student non-musicians and crafted an endlessly shifting sonic palette with an improvisor's keen sensitivity to space, texture and tone.

Grey Scale was the inaugural release on Cunningham's own Piano label. The artist quickly integrated his experimental sensibilities to produce art-rock pioneers This Heat, whose debut appeared on Piano in 1979.

This first-time reissue is recommended for fans of Dome, This Heat and Pascal Comelade.

Pre-order here

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