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Rex Ilusivii


1980s music from former Yugoslavia has always been a special affair. Even pop was not the same as pop, if you understand. Rex Ilusivii is the brainchild of composer Mitar Subotic and will go well with fans of dark synthie pop and atmospheric gothic stuff. There are four shorter tunes to be found on the A side of this record and this is as pop as pop could go if you wish to play it in a gloomy and more experimental style. Bowie would have been proud of this music if it was his. It is dark and mind shattering yet very accessible pop with a very memorable approach. 80s through and through. Beautiful songs, that’s for sure. The core piece of the album then appears when you flip the vinyl over and discover “Thank you, Mr. Rorschach”, a 25 minute tour de force through the depths of ambient music with hints of gothic and pop allover the place. This is more like a collage of sounds than an actual song but this journey it takes you on is utterly fantastic. Might be Mitar's “Tubular bells” here, just in his own gloomy and morbid style. Not for the feeble minded. Fans of the dark side of 80s pop scene and early gothic stuff with less rock elements should lay their hands on this beautiful reissue.

Cat. number: Atlantide14CD
Year: 2016