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Those of you who are subscribed to Vital Weekly, have read this little text below, but since I like this tape quite a bit I post it again here. I met Barry when we were recording ‘Sandancing’ and we spend a whole afternoon laying down his guitar part on ‘Breathe’. Quite a perfectionist. His tape is well made and limited to only a 100 copies. I don’t have a digital version of the cover yet…

TAPAJAWA – CRITICAL MAGIC (cassette by Beam Ends)
Devotees to the work of The Legendary Pink Dots will no doubt remember their first guitarist who went by the name Stret Majest, and who plays on such fine old works as ‘Apparition’, ‘Basilisk’, ‘The Lovers’ and some of Edward Ka-spel’s solo works. He didn’t join the band’s relocation to The Netherlands and sort of disappeared from the radar. A few years ago he guested his guitar playing on Beequeen’s ‘Sandancing’ and that relationship lingered on with Beam End’s owner Freek Kinkelaar, who now makes the circle round again, by releasing a solo cassette of Stret Majest, whose real name is Barry Gray, and prefers to be called Tapajawa. Gray plays guitars – lots of them it seems -, bass, vocals and programming. I quite like this tape, I must admit. But at the same time, its nothing for Vital Weekly. Gray bangs out rhythms from his drum machines, plays lots of guitars on top and sings his songs. Not like early Pink Dots – devotees should be warned – but, well, hell, what do I know? To me, the blind man in the world of rock music, it could be like anything from the world of rock music. I have no idea if this is highly original, the worst copy cat around, a genius at work, a third range clown. It doesn’t matter. Since I have no solid point of reference, I can only say I had genuine pleasure in this music. Maybe because its I hear so much ‘weird’ music all day, that this sounds refreshing, or simply because I like it. Nice retro cover on this, limited, cassette. (FdW)
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About fransdewaard
Probably most known from his ongoing work with Kapotte Muziek (a group that fully concentrates on recycling through musique concrete) and as one half of ambient sound-artists Beequeen. As well as writing the informative and acclaimed weekly newsletter "Vital Weekly", Frans De Waard also founded the Korm Plastics label in 1984, initally only offering cassettes, but since 1992 offering an ever-growing catalogue of CDs and vinyl of contemporary experimental music.

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