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Ceramic Hello
The Absence of a Canary
Ice Machine
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Release Date
February 14, 2020


For the first release on their new reissues-focussed sub-label Ice Machine, Suction Records look backwards - both into their own history and that of minimal synth music more generally. You see, Suction previously put out an edition of Ceramic Hello’s 1981 LP The Absence Of A Canary back in 2002, but so vital a record is this that they’ve decided the album deserved a second pressing. The Absence Of A Canary is an underground classic of synthetic wave music, its lengthier tunes presenting a cold, calculated strangeness derived from Ultravox and Bauhaus while the album’s more cerebral interludes unfurl with the classical grace of Wendy Carlos. Ceramic Hello’s Brett Wickens may now be best-known as the man behind some of the iconic Factory Records sleeves, but The Absence Of A Canary is proof that his musical output is an equally crucial part of the post-punk story.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 The Diesquad 4:02 Buy
  2. 2 Im / Ex 0:30 Buy
  3. 3 Climatic Nouveaux 4:01 Buy

    Climatic Nouveaux

  4. 4 Conversation Between Units 0:35 Buy

    Conversation Between Units

  5. 5 Geometry 7:27 Buy
  6. 6 StatiCarnival 1:21 Buy
  7. 7 Symphony of Shudders 2:25 Buy

    Symphony of Shudders

  8. 8 A Grey Man 2:02 Buy
  9. 9 Footsteps in the Fog 4:02 Buy

    Footsteps in the Fog

  10. 10 Ringing in the Sane 3:01 Buy

    Ringing in the Sane

  11. 11 Trio 1:20 Buy
  12. 12 Gestures 3:34 Buy
  13. 13 Little Tune (warlike) 2:06 Buy

    Little Tune (warlike)

  14. 14 Dig That Crazy Beat 0:40 Buy

    Dig That Crazy Beat

Ceramic Hello

Ice Machine

Minimal Wave and Post-punk

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