Youth In Mourning album cover
Youth In Mourning

Philip Johnson

Namedrop Records

Philip Johnson was one of many young artists likely liberated by the possibilities afforded by significant shifts in late ‘70s culture – punk and post-punk; DIY culture; industrial and noise; access to consumer electronics and cassette duplication. Most of Johnson’s releases were small-run cassettes, but Youth In Mourning was appeared on vinyl in 1982. It’s a scabrous set for urgent yet subliminal electronics, working away at intensely focused pulses and high-tension drones; there are also vocal sideswipes at ‘alternative music’ culture (a rant against the NME’s “C81” compilation), and the fever dream visions of “The Karate Kicking Girl of New Invention.”

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