Emotional Rescue delves deep in to the past with the release of the first ever recordings by UK post-industrial, ambient pioneers O Yuki Conjugate (OYC). Recorded in Nottingham in 1983, the EP’s four tracks showcase OYC’s early sound: a beat-driven, lo-fi that places them alongside the early British electronic pioneers.
OYC, celebrating their 35th anniversary this year, are known for their “dirty ambient” sound – but it wasn’t always thus. In their earliest incarnation OYC explored a more industrial approach characterised by tortured analogue drum machines, one-finger synth lines, played bass, tape loops and even flute. This naive sound template lasted until their debut album ‘Scene in Mirage’ (1984) before being jettisoned in favour of more ambient explorations.
The story behind these recordings is one of brotherly love between bands. OYC swapped time in their rehearsal space for a day’s use of a four-track cassette portastudio owned by their associates, Metamorphosis. Three of the tracks included were recorded on May 1st 1983 at The End Room (literally a studio at the back of one of OYC’s parents houses) with the remaining track (live favourite “The Clattering Song”) being produced a couple of months later.
To date OYC have remained largely unknown in the UK due to their wilfully obscure approach. They have released a series of very well regarded studio albums and innumerable spin-off and side projects that has recently seen a revival of interest in their early years, including appearances on Cherry Red’s compilation of formative UK electronic scene ‘Close to the Noise Floor’ and Optimo’s compilation of Fourth World-style music ‘Miracle Steps’.
Accepting their fate as musical outsiders, OYC continue to make music with little reference to the wider world. This EP makes a fine addition to that body of work.