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Lentu Gabaliņi

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    Dzeltenie Pastnieki are a Latvian new wave band formed in 1979 in Riga, Latvia. Their name means “The Yellow Postmen" in Latvian. The constant core members of the band have remained Ingus Baušķenieks (bass, keyboards, vocals) and Viesturs Slava (guitar, keyboards, vocals), with Zigmunds Streiķis (keyboards) and Ilgvars Rišķis (drums). They released six albums between 1981 and 1987. All were recorded at the band’s home studio and distributed on 1/4" reel-to-reel tape and compact cassette, with no artwork. Their sound ranges from electronic post-punk to experimental tape manipulation all sung in Latvian.

    ‘Lentu Gabaliņi’ (Tape Pieces) is a 10-track compilation featuring songs from each of the band’s six albums, all songs appearing on the vinyl for the first time. In Fall 1981 the band recorded their debut album, ‘Bolderājas dzelzceļš’ (The Railroad of Bolderāja) a mix of dubbed out guitar/bass/drums. For their second album ‘Man ļoti patīk jaunais vilnis’ (I Really Like New Wave, 1982) the band used a Estradin Pulsar drum machine made in Russia and adopted a synthesizer-based sound. Following a period of inactivity, the band were asked to compose the music for an amateur stage adaptation of Lewis Carroll's ‘Alice's Adventures in Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking-Glass’. The resulting album, 1984's ‘Alise’ (Alice) adopted a colder minimal electronic sound, largely due to its modest recording circumstances. Leftovers from ‘Alise’ as well as even earlier sessions formed the basis for the fourth album, ‘Vienmēr klusi’ (Always Quiet) also released in 1984. ‘Depresīvā pilsēta’ (The Depressing City) was assembled from out-takes, alternate versions, and solo tracks by individual members of the band in 1986. ‘Naktis’ (Nights, 1987) could be seen as a 'back to the roots' effort that made use of the progress of home studio advances made by Baušķenieks over the previous years.

    All songs have been mastered from original tapes at Bicycle Systems, Rīga, by Ingus Baušķenieks and remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The jacket features an photo of the group from 1981 with textured wallpaper designed by Eloise Leigh to represent tape pieces. Each copy includes a double sides 11x11” insert with never before seen photos and liner notes.

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Dzeltenie Pastnieki are a Latvian new wave band formed in 1979 in Riga, Latvia. Their name means “The Yellow Postmen" in Latvian. The constant core members of the band have remained Ingus Baušķenieks (bass, keyboards, vocals) and Viesturs Slava (guitar, keyboards, vocals), with Zigmunds Streiķis (keyboards) and Ilgvars Rišķis (drums). They released six albums between 1981 and 1987. All were recorded at the band’s home studio and distributed on 1/4" reel-to-reel tape and compact cassette, with no artwork. Their sound ranges from electronic post-punk to experimental tape manipulation all sung in Latvian.

‘Lentu Gabaliņi’ (Tape Pieces) is a 10-track compilation featuring songs from each of the band’s six albums, all songs appearing on the vinyl for the first time. In Fall 1981 the band recorded their debut album, ‘Bolderājas dzelzceļš’ (The Railroad of Bolderāja) a mix of dubbed out guitar/bass/drums. For their second album ‘Man ļoti patīk jaunais vilnis’ (I Really Like New Wave, 1982) the band used a Estradin Pulsar drum machine made in Russia and adopted a synthesizer-based sound. Following a period of inactivity, the band were asked to compose the music for an amateur stage adaptation of Lewis Carroll's ‘Alice's Adventures in Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking-Glass’. The resulting album, 1984's ‘Alise’ (Alice) adopted a colder minimal electronic sound, largely due to its modest recording circumstances. Leftovers from ‘Alise’ as well as even earlier sessions formed the basis for the fourth album, ‘Vienmēr klusi’ (Always Quiet) also released in 1984. ‘Depresīvā pilsēta’ (The Depressing City) was assembled from out-takes, alternate versions, and solo tracks by individual members of the band in 1986. ‘Naktis’ (Nights, 1987) could be seen as a 'back to the roots' effort that made use of the progress of home studio advances made by Baušķenieks over the previous years.

All songs have been mastered from original tapes at Bicycle Systems, Rīga, by Ingus Baušķenieks and remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The jacket features an photo of the group from 1981 with textured wallpaper designed by Eloise Leigh to represent tape pieces. Each copy includes a double sides 11x11” insert with never before seen photos and liner notes.

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released July 21, 2017

BOLDERĀJAS DZELZSCEĻŠ (1981):
“Mana Kafejnica Ir Salauzta”
Ingus Baušķenieks: Vocals, bass,
Viesturs Slava: Vocals, guitar,
Mārtiņš Rutkis: guitar,
Zigmunds Streiķis: organ, vocals,
Ilgvars Rišķis: drums, percussion.

MAN ĻOTI PATĪK JAUNAIS VILNIS (1982):
“Kapec Tu Mani Negrib”i & “Mana Vasara Aiziet”
Ingus Baušķenieks: Vocals, bass, keys & rhythm programming,
Viesturs Slava: Vocals, guitar, keys,
Mārtiņš Rutkis: guitar, keys
Andris Kalniņš: keys, sax,
Zigmunds Streiķis: keys, vocals,
Roberts Gobziņš: vocals.

ALISE (1984):
“Dziesma Par Kroketa Spelesanu” & “Trisi, Trisi, Siksparnit…”
Ingus Baušķenieks: Vocals, bass, keys & rhythm programming,
Viesturs Slava: Vocals, guitar, keys,
Mārtiņš Rutkis: guitar, keys,
Andris Kalniņš: keys,
Zigmunds Streiķis: keys, vocals.

VIENMĒR KLUSI (1984):
“Sliekutēva Vaļasprieks” & “Milžu Cīņa”
Ingus Baušķenieks: Vocals, bass, keys & rhythm programming,
Viesturs Slava: Vocals, guitar, keys,
Mārtiņš Rutkis: guitar, keys,
Andris Kalniņš: keys,
Zigmunds Streiķis: keys, vocals.

DEPRESĪVĀ PILSĒTA (1986):
“Nevaru Saprast Tā Neko” & “Rudens Pastaiga”
Ingus Baušķenieks: Vocals, bass, keys & rhythm programming,
Viesturs Slava: Vocals, guitar, keys,
Zigmunds Streiķis: keys, vocals,
Ilgvars Rišķis: percussion,
Roberts Gobziņš: vocals.

NAKTIS (1987):
“Noguris”
Ingus Baušķenieks: Vocals, bass, keys,
Viesturs Slava: Vocals, guitar, keys,
Zigmunds Streiķis: keys,
Ilgvars Rišķis: drums.

(C) 2017 Dark Entries Records
All music composed and arranged by Dzeltenie Pastnieki
All songs mastered fully analogue from the original tapes at Bicycle Systems, Rīga, by Ingus Baušķenieks, 2016
Tape transfer by Joe Tarantino, 2016
Remastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios, 2017
Design: Eloise Leigh

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