Land After Life

OS 029LP OS 029LP

After the re-discovery of Tranquil Eyes' 1985 Walks cassette in 2012 (OS 015LP) and the 2014 release of Frozen Ducks' work (OS 023LP), OnderStroom Records presents another dazzling project from Lex Grauwen. Cheiron is a collaboration between Grauwen, who plays all the instruments and produced all the music, and José van Waveren, who sings distinctively. Land After Life aims for the dancefloor with its high-energy minimal synth and electro stylings. In the mid-'80s Lex Grauwen was asked to participate in the Pas de Deux LP (1985), a legendary new wave compilation album featuring Bene Gesserit, Algebra Suicide, and Psyclones. Grauwen asked his high school sweetheart, José van Waveren, to join up for a few songs. "Land After Life" was chosen for the compilation and, years later, took on a life of its own on the internet. "Serenity World," recorded during the same sessions, is equally spellbinding and beautiful. It was released in an edited mix on the 1987 L'embrasse compilation cassette (Top Tape). The third song recorded, "Finally Free Four," is a previously unreleased solo composition by van Waveren. Grauwen and van Waveren had been making music before, though, and one of those older tracks is "No Trace," from '81-'82. Shortly after Pas de Deux, they tried to record some more tracks, but the demos were never really finished. A while later Grauwen asked Paul Oosterbaan of Tranquil Eyes and Ruud Braumuller of Beatnik Love Affair to help finish these tracks. The results are "Your Life, Your Body" (also a van Waveren solo piece) and "Ping Pong," the last recorded track. In the 2000s, van Waveren began performing as singer-songwriter devoted to French chanson.