Kevin Harrison
Inscrutably Obvious
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1The Cantonese Detective Agency 2:35
2Some Aspects Of Music 3:54
3All Night Long 1:38
4Wooden Heartthrob Of Peking 3:11
5Chase The Dragon 4:09
6The Word 4:14
7Cyclotron 3:34
8Water 3:23
9Take It Away 1:56
10Flicker 2:45
11Stretch_1 5:44
12Stretch_2 1:18
13Horizontal_Diagonal 3:45
14M0903A 2:24
15Melodica Melodica 1:39
16People In Space 1:56
17Free-Float 3:50

Hailing from Nuneaton, England, Kevin Harrison recorded both solo and collaboratively throughout the late '70s and early '80s. While his early recordings would come out in hyper-limited editions or go unreleased for decades, Inscrutably Obvious remains his sole LP – a lost gem of Britian's '80s cassette culture and DIY bedroom aesthetics.

Originally released in 1981, Inscrutably Obvious covers a lot of ground on its seventeen inscrutable tracks – from analog synth workouts to mutated disco and shimmering guitar improvisations. The album maintains a late-night vibe, filtered through a post-punk lens.

Harrison clearly wears his influences on his sleeve – major debts are paid to Brian Eno, Robert Fripp and Manuel Gottsching – yet finds his own unique voice, combining quirky instrumentals and surrealist sensibilities.

This first-time reissue is recommended for fans of Chris & Cosey, Cupol and The Normal. Inscrutably Obvious sounds as fresh today as it must have nearly 40 years ago.