Chris & Cosey, now performing as Carter Tutti, are a band formed in 1981, consisting of partners Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti, both previously members of industrial music pioneers Throbbing Gristle.
In one of their early post-TG chapters, Chris & Cosey's "Heartbeat",
among many such examples of the time, demonstrates the immediate beauty
and the power of synthetic minimalism. 1981 was a truly magic year,
providing interesting, naively menacing electronic soundtracks for
people willing to accept and participate in a sound adventure.
"Heartbeat" partially lays the answer why we continue to love Throbbing
Gristle's records just the same - if it wasn't for Chris Carter's
electronic pulse with a twist, soothing if not always that optimistic in
its overtones, I guess some of TG records wouldn't be complete or even
interesting in that matter. This way, Carter's synthetic trademarks do
inform and reward the listener when hopelessly disturbing sound kicks in
- whether on a TG or C&C record.
Well, it wasn't called "avant-garde" for nothing. Makes you reconsider how groundbreaking the rave scene of the late-80s/early 90s was - not much compared to this example from 10 years earlier. Brings together 70s analog ambient sounds (á la Tangerine Dream), european dance (Moroder) and turns it into trance.
The rather uninspiringly named duo of Chris and Cosey, sound like Throbbing Gristle
without Genesis and Sleazy. Which means less nasty, less terrifying,
but, more electronic and more instrumental. More influential but less
interesting than the other offshoots of TG.
Nonetheless an important
and early influence on techno-pop and minimal wave music of the 80's and
of the future; hence the many re-releases this volume has received over
the ensuing decades.
keeps treading the same techno-obsessed path he had walked since the
mid-seventies, backed by the usual found sound speech extracts, and
Cosey's trumpet and guitar make several timely appearences.