Trashy Lady With A Raw Scent

by Abortive Gasp

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Psychgod 03:11
Archaeology 03:26
Rival Tribes 03:15
Morph Pusher 04:13


Abortive Gasp recorded their second album 'Raw Scent' in Hamburg in winter 1988/89. As far as the degree of improvisation is concerned, it is an exception, since Luehr and Paal this time put much more emphasis on fixed song structures than on other recordings. This was also due to the fact that they went to a conventional recording studio (Ingo Schüttes 'Lamplight', Hamburg) for 4 titles and met there personnel who were not very keen on experimenting. Therefore many of the songs on 'Raw Scent' sound quite solid and almost radio compatible, which also benefited the first version of 'Psychgod'. But also other firmly structured and driving songs, like 'Morph Pusher' and 'Reckon On You' clearly assign this album to the 'EBM' genre, even if with strong industrial parts...
Except for the hippie energy inspired 'Lamplight' recordings, the remaining songs were taped and mixed at the auditorium of a particle acceleration Hamburg research center, which unfortunately had a negative impact on the sound quality this time. During that period, the general transition from analog to digital music recording took place, and Abortive Gasp were audibly not quite up to the standards of the recording technology of that time, despite the high-tech environment in Hamburg-Bahrenfeld.

Like British musicians from the independent sector, Abortive Gasp felt an urge to work creatively on the then Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: She can be heard with a few sound samples on 'Media Overload' and also decorates the group photo on the album cover with a photo composition, where she covers the secret third band member, of whom it is now only known that it is not Carsten Friedrichs from Superpunk, as was sometimes suspected. However, unlike various Britwavers such as Gary Clail, Peter Hope or Adrian Sherwood, Abortive Gasps use of Thatcher had a humorous rather than a political character, confirming once again that Paal and Luehr had no intention of adopting any other attitude than a juvenile hedonistic one. The latter was probably one of the reasons why Abortive Gasp and other bands and musicians never cooperated to any significant extent.


released August 28, 2020


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Abortive Gasp Hamburg, Germany

'Abortive Gasp' was a Dark Wave group formed by lead singer Tim Paal and composer Harry Luehr in 1988 in Hamburg, Germany, later expanding to a trio.

In their homeland, the Electronic Body Music- and post-Punk-scene, they were musically characterised by the atypical high degree in improvisation as well as the early application of Dub. Because of their apolitical position they were contentious.
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