Dublin's All City Records continue their deep dive into early Irish electronica, jazz, rock and experimental music with the latest release on the AllChival imprint.
A lost gem from 1983 'Miss Mauger' is the debut LP of Operating Theatre, a little known proto synth-pop act and experimental theatre group led by avant garde composer Roger Doyle.
Featuring the vocals of future Hollywood actress Olwen Fouéré alongside pulsing synths, brass, a vocoder and the electro acoustic production talents of Doyle himself, it's the first time a Fairlight sampler was used in an Irish studio setting and gives a prescient but alternative take on the new wave sound that came to dominate the charts soon after.
Not quite pop nor full-blown electronica, the 'Miss Mauger' album is a rare creature in the pantheon of Irish experimental music, largely ignored and misunderstood when it was first released, it's now getting the full reissue treatment it deserves – with two extra tracks thrown in for good measure. 'Austrian', which was originally release as an A-side by CBS records in 1981 and 'Sir Geoffrey', another recording from that era by the short-lived group.