Formed by Kieran O'Connor and Ken Elliott after the dissolution of the British progressive band Second Hand, Seventh Wave is an early example of a synth duo, a pop configuration that was to loom large in the 1980s. They released two albums in quick succession in the mid-70s, on which they showed a certain instrumental fecundity. Elliott's tools were a veritable catalogue of 70s synth technology (ARP, clavinet, Moog, Crumar strings, Mellotron), while O'Connor showed a distinct orchestral bent in his array of perucssion instruments. While their debut struck an uneasy balance between pop-rock and prog synth, they cultivated the latter influence more successfully on their next release. Both albums have been rereleased on CD, allowing a glimpse at an interesting, if lesser known, stab at early synth rock.
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