MY HOUDINI

by Tactics

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Tactics is a trance-like, nerve-wreaking, attempt at casting off some obscure burden buried deep under black sands, a grab for freedom rooted in sudden experimentation : heartbeat, vocal cords, spasmophilia. Each song like a chiseled architecture flaming forth and blurring pulse and scream and scalding beat together. Each song a self-contained ensemble that stretches beyond its own limits—a network of intertwining rhythms that uses sound as locomotion.

Rejection of formal structure and linearity, lyrics that resonate with the band's intricate bundle of sound: creation consecrated again as unbridled force. David Studdert's words combine control and convulsion, mind and voice braced up and contorted. They are mental pictures, limpid descriptions, magnified visions of an instant seized in time and roused to life again : "the moon comes up / pale moon behind pale trees […] I'm dreaming of green fields / I'm dreaming of green" ("Settlers complaint").

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released December 2, 1980

musicians -- Geoff Marsh bass; Angus Douglas -guitars (all lead) Robert whittle drums Ingrid Spielman piano David Studdert vocals guitar

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Tactics UK

Tactics were one of the most celebrated acts on Australia's new wave scene during the 1970s and '80s, boasting an eclectic sound that ranged from angular pop and stripped-down psychedelia to fractured art rock, all married to the thoughtful provocative lyrics of Dave Studdert, the group's motivation was to create a popular music native to an australian being-ness. ... more

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