Shame File Music and Albert’s Basement present a reissue of Ad Hoc’s 1980 release “Distance”. Ad Hoc (James Clayden, Chris Knowles & David Wadelton, and at times David Brown) were an obscure Melbourne outfit of the late 1970s/early 80s who stood curiously apart of from many of their more-storied contemporaries, but whose haunting ambient instrumentals sound remarkably contemporary four decades later.
“Distance”, their sole release besides some compilation tracks, has been sourced from the original 4 channel master reel tape, and is now available digitally and on a limited edition of 100 replica pro-produced cassettes with risograph cover. Read more about Ad Hoc here.
Tapes sold out. Limited copies available from Albert’s Basement.
“The music sounds very ‘modern’… has an ambient quality. In the opening piece, ‘Yellow Mirror’, a piano and some dissonant guitar are playing. The piano returns in other tracks, but it is not mentioned in the information or cover. Whatever they play on the guitars is not very traditional in terms of chords. Repetition is an important thing for this trio. Not by neatly bouncing loops or sequences but manually played, along with the mild inaccuracies that slip in the performance. Mostly delicate stuff, with even something that reminded me of cosmic music (‘The Bridge’). An excellent release, this one. This is something that should be re-issued a lot sooner… An unexpected surprise!” -Vital Weekly 1354