Public Works

Numbers

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Numbers was released four years after Ralph Johnson and Lloyd Dunn's debut CD as Public Works (Matter, on Staalplaat). This is a 9" EP pressed on clear vinyl with a color sleeve, limited to 800 copies. The project takes the music of Tape Beatles (of which both members take part) to more ethereal domains. Not that the two suites are ambient in any way, but they tend to be less referential (with explicit quotes) and techno-driven, more subtle and textural. Some of the rhythms conjure up images of primitive civilizations, especially on side B. That and the use of samples of speaking voices attract comparisons to Z'eV's works like Face the Wound, but bearing a lighter program closer to Realistic or Negativland. Recommended, plus the odd size and nice sleeve make it an interesting collector's item.