Martin Rev
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1REV, Martin – My Strange World
2REV, Martin – Sparks
3REV, Martin – Solitude
4REV, Martin – Funny
5REV, Martin – Ramblin'
6REV, Martin – Trouble
7REV, Martin – Splinters
8REV, Martin – Cartoons
9REV, Martin – One Track Mind
10REV, Martin – Chalky
11REV, Martin – Jacks & Aces
12REV, Martin – Reading My Mind
13REV, Martin – Day & Night

Martin Rev’s fifth solo album – Strangeworld – was released on the cusp of the new millennium. The label responsible was Puu, a Finnish imprint belonging to Tommi Grönlund and Mika Vainio’s Sähkö Recordings which came to fame in the 1990s on the strength of its uncompromising minimalist sound.

Four years earlier, in 1996, Rev had unleashed See Me Ridin, an album which surprised its listeners with keyboard melody sketches and distilled doo-wop compositions. It was also the first solo album to feature Martin Rev on vocals.

Strangeworld started where its predecessor left off. Melodic passages dissolved into a thicket of fragments and set pieces, coalescing in a celestial shimmer between rhythm loops and Rev’s voice, which assumed the role of an additional instrument rather than a standard singing part.