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This Heat

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Testcard
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Horizontal Hold
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Not Waving
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Water
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Twilight Furniture
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24 Track Loop
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Diet Of Worms
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Music Like Escaping Gas
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Rainforest
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The Fall Of Saigon
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Testcard
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this heat ? 80' ? noise ?

phahahon

this heat was this heat this heat,this is it.... that'all for ever a real good creativ band

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Challenging, but Rewarding

mrdardy

This reminds me of my record store days when I fell under the sway of anything I could find on Flying Nun or xPressway Records. I am surprised, and disappointed in myself, that I did not know this band earlier. I find myself thinking especially of This Kind of Punishment or of Alastair Galbraith when I listen to This Heat. The styles aren't THAT similar, but the feelings they evoke in me are. I don't listen to this often; now that I have 2 kids I don't get to immerse myself the way I used to, but when I do listen it moves me.

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I agree, it's a classic

Paul.H.uk.42

This may be a UK-centred view, of course. The songs have a very English feel ('Fall of Saigon' notwithstanding). However at the core of the album are the soundscapes and grooves which sounded like nothing else at the time. A lot of what I liked then sounds dated but this was so outside any trend that it still sounds fresh even though you could also say it anticipated a lot of stuff that came later (on the fringes of dance. Of course some people won't like it - it has a junkyard sound that could be an obstacle, and yet it's too pop for the avantgarde. I recommend open ears and a spirit of adventure!

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This is neat..

EMUSIC-servalansrazor

Like I said before.. If anyone else says this is just noise I'm going to go and shit in my hat, no, seriously- fuck off. As far as debut albums go this is stunning. A blend of electroacousticisism, savage guitar improv and dark, brooding electronica - and some 23 Skidoo style gamelan, Pink Dots vocals and a fair bit of navel gazing. Music of originality and enthusiasm. Knob fiddling/twiddling just doesn't hit the mark, go and think of something else to do, pick your feet in Poughkeepsie or whatever it is you do when you're not getting into such a preprogrammed groove you tepid, whining self-obsessed morons. Records like this one don't come along that often, in fact they never come along at all anymore, which is a shame. Musics become so sodding conservative now that the only way to show how original you are is to play either A)Really Quietly or B)Really fucking loud. Nice to see so much bile being spewed in support of this, and against This Heat..

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Noise?

GarethWilliams

So This Heat is noise now? They're aimless and noodly but fun and I wouldn't call them noise at all. Noise today is one of those rubbish Fag Tapes releases where someone leaves the equipment on at full blast and twiddles the knobs really slowly like they're orchestrating some grand work of sound. This Heat were a sloppy art school band with no discipline (a fact which will offend some and delight others) but they weren't noise. Incidentally, this guys full name is Gareth John Williams and mine is Gareth Alexander John Williams. An unholy coincidence!

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You're not listening hard enough.

MEM

Accessibility in music (let's say Mogwai and Matmos for example) means that the piece in question provides you with easily findable connection points for you to plug into. Say, a reliable beat; shiny, "good" production; or strictly organized loud/quiet/loud dynamics. Noise music doesn't signpost its entry points, you have to find them yourself. Not all noise music even has entry points, but the best does, and once you're inside, you'll hear things differently from that point forward...it's worth the extra effort.

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Noise describes it perfectly.

Deekrock

Sorry, WARR, but Billyliar is right. This is noise. I did download the whole album and tried my best to listen... I'll try again when I'm feeling more distracted. These guys might be geniuses and their other albums might be great, but this album is 48 minutes of synth noise and clanging.

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A hugely important album

WARR-2004

A side of the 80's that has been ignored in the recent revival of 80's sound. This Heat were masters of self restraint and dedicated control of the audio environment.Their understanding of "Form" and "Content" put them in a league of their own and inspired an enourmous cult following in Europe. The follow up album "Deceit" is more song driven but still retains the incisive audio design and dynamics of this album.It would be good to see Deceit here as well. Emusic only allows you to listen to the first 30 seconds which is why reveiwers like Billyliar think it is all noise. The songs all have very slow filmic intros so don't be put off by this.

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poetic experimentalism

average50leaves

this album is a pure marvel, fragile poetry, mysterious and fascinating mixtures between the darkest and most popular sides of music. a little jewel. BEWARE, DON'T DOWNLOAD THE FIRST AND THE LAST SONG, IT IS NOTHING INTERESTING, JUST A BAD CUT FROM E-MUSIC THAT WOULD MAKE YOU WASTE TWO DOWNLOADS.

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This Heat

Billyliar

This is noise. Pure, and simple. Not just Mogwai noise which is collected and poetic, or even Matmos noise which is hauntingly alluring and driven by purpose and a BEAT. I could make this music with a broken amplifier and a guitar with no strings in THE 1800's! Would I be cutting edge then???? I hate when people say something is good considering when it was released. If it was ever bad, it is always bad. This heat is cold and impotent.

They Say All Music Guide

This British group could neither be called post-punk nor progressive rock, yet This Heat was one of the most influential groups of the late ’70s. They created uncanny experimental rock music that has many similarities in approach to German pioneers such as Can and Faust. Other groundbreaking independent groups such as Henry Cow and Wire may be their only peers, and much later This Heat also became profoundly influential on the ’90s genre known as post-rock. Their angular juxtapositions of abrasive guitar, driving rhythms, and noise loops on the opening cut, “Horizontal Hold,” preempt much later activity in the electronica and drum’n'bass scenes. The outstanding “24 Track Loop” is based around a circular drum pattern that could have been a late-’90s jungle cut were it not recorded in late-’70s London, long before such strategies were even dreamed of in breakbeat music. This album is a great example of ahead-of-time genius, work that draws on elements of progressive rock, notably “Larks Tongues in Aspic”-era King Crimson for all its abrasive, warped rhythm, as well as Can, Neu!, and Faust’s pioneering work — though there is little else that comes close to the unique and distinctive avant rock sound, an entirely new take on the rock format. Their self-titled debut is a radical conglomeration of progressive rock, musique concrète, free improvisation, and even — in a bizarre distillation — aspects of British folk can be heard in Charles Hayward’s singing. There are very few records that can be considered truly important, landmark works of art that produce blueprints for an entire genre. In the case of this album, it’s clear that this seminal work was integral in shaping the genres of post-punk, avant rock, and post-rock and like all great influential albums it seemed it had to wait two decades before its contents could truly be fathomed. In short, This Heat is essential. – Dean McFarlane

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