Landscape – Richard James Burgess, Chris Heaton, Andy Pask, Peter Thoms and John L. Walters – is best known for the ground-breaking electro-pop of ‘Einstein a Go-Go’ and ‘Norman Bates’, which were made into memorable and influential videos. Formed in London, the band toured the UK constantly during the mid-to-late-1970s, playing jazz, punk and rock venues and releasing instrumental EPs on its indie label Event Horizon.
The group used electronic processing, synthesizers, electronic drums and music computers, and from the late 1970s focused on making records in the emerging genre of synthpop.
Four decades on, when nearly everything you hear comes from a computer, the five founder members have come together to make their original, groundbreaking tracks available through a new co-operative venture between their company Landscape Music Ltd and Cooking Vinyl. ‘Einstein on the Floor’, the 2023 re-mix of ‘Einstein a Go-Go’ came out in March 2023 (the band’s first single release in 40 years).
The remastered vinyl edition of From the Tea-Rooms of Mars … came out on Saturday 22 April for Record Store Day 2023 and is now available from the official Landscape Store.
The remastered 7-inch version of ‘European Man’ (digital only) was released on 11 May 2023, followed by the previously unreleased ‘When the Chips Are Down’ on 15 June.
The box set Landscape A Go-Go was released on Friday 21 July, and has received some extremely positive reactions in the media – get your copy here.