Lifetones - For A Reason Cold Storage, a late-'70s and early-'80s studio in a former Brixton meat pie factory, is one of the strongest arguments for Eno's concept of "scenius," or communal genius. Started by nonprofit Acme Housing Association, it was offered affordable studio space to artists-The Raincoats, The Pop Group and even Robert Wyatt worked out of the space. The most singular group to emerge from Cold Storage was This Heat. But the next three decades saw the album become a holy grail for fans of weird, inventive and life-affirming music, a remarkable feat for an obscure one-off project. In the liner notes of Light In The Attic's reissue, Bullen recalls how, on the days he recorded For A Reason, he'd ride his bike past a foreboding mural featuring a warhead and a grim reaper wrapped in UK, US and USSR flags.
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That album, For A Reason, was recorded at This Heat’s Cold Storage studio, and the production techniques yield a similar edge and coldness as that of the then-recently released Deceit. Only it’s a dub album-a really weird, highly unconventional and eclectic dub album. And thanks to Light in the Attic, it’s been rescued from decades of obscurity and obscenely high collectors’ vinyl pricing. Though there are parallels between This Heat and Lifetones, the distinction between the two bands is stark. Lifetones is, much as the name implies, more warm and inviting than This Heat, though as a result it’s far less radical, and less immediately dazzling. That’s not to say that For A Reason isn’t its own excellent piece of music, just one whose impact is perhaps a bit less intense.
For a Reason by Lifetones, released 17 March 2016 1. For a Reason 2. Good Side 3. Decide 4. Travelling 5. Distance No Object 6. Patience Containing 6 songs in total, the album was recorded at Cold Storage studio and released on Bullen’s own Tone Of Life Records. It has become a sought-after collector’s item that changes hands for hundreds of dollars a time. As a solo artist, Bullen was not prolific–it was 15 years until, in 1998, he released Internal Clock under the name Circadian Rhythms–but like the rest of his band, he has enjoyed a long, enriching career in unending pursuit of new sounds. Got it. + add. album.
Listen free to Lifetones – For a Reason (For A Reason, Good Side and more). Tracklist: 01 - For A Reason (06:37) 02 - Good Side (03:55) 03 - Decide (05:24) 04 - Travelling (05:08) 05 - Distance No Object (06:39) 06 - Patience (05:19) Released: 1983 (By Tone Of Life Records) Discover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest catalogue online at Last. A new version of Last. Overview (current section).
Even so, For A Reason was a great leap, one that created a strange, unsettling mood as Bullen’s multi-tracked, chant-like vocals met dub beats and Krautrock-informed repetition. Where Deceit dealt with the nuclear threat, For A Reason was less reactionary, even quoting Bob Marley in its lyrics: you love the life you live, you live the life you love. Containing 6 songs in total, the album was recorded at Cold Storage studio and released on Bullen’s own Tone Of Life Records. Reissued on Light In The Attic, Lifetones’ single album retains a timeless quality and perhaps–on tracks such as Good Side –a futuristic sound that nobody else ever caught up to. Listen.
Listen to For a Reason by Lifetones on Deezer. Lifetones 18-03-2016. Total duration:33 min. 01. For a Reason.