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Monday, February 27, 2012

12 O'Clock Track: Solid Space, "10th Planet"

Posted By on 02.27.12 at 12:00 PM

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For weeks I've been scouring the Internet for information on the band Solid Space and coming up nearly empty-handed. They released one tape in 1982, titled Space Museum. I found a download of the tape, but purchasing a copy seems impossible, given how long it's been out of print. There are no photos out there I can find, and no insight on what the group's members have done since. There were some message-board posts in 2008 and 2010 about a reissue of Space Museum, but that hasn't happened.

What I do know about Solid Space is that their sole release is brilliant—cold, disconnected, minimal synth-pop full of eerie moods and bizarre melodies. Today's 12 O'Clock Track, like most of Space Museum, is about traveling through the galaxy, and though it's delivered in a robotic deadpan that reminds me of Kraftwerk, it's somehow warm and hooky. "10th Planet" is the album's poppiest moment; the rest of Space Museum's catchiness is blended with bleak darkness.

Enjoy—and keep your fingers crossed for that reissue. Finding a download of the entire album is pretty easy with a little help from Google, but of course it'd be better to get it through more legitimate channels.

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