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Stef Animal (The Golden Awesome) presents her debut solo release “Top Gear” - a concept album of fifteen writing exercises, each conceived and recorded in one session.

Each track was made using a different piece of obsolete or unfashionable music equipment, and the result is a collection of lo-fi epic miniatures.

Even if you didn’t grow up with Atari video games, have no idea what Acorn and Commodore computers are or what acronyms like PCM and MIDI mean, you’ll still find the intricate universe of sound represented on “Top Gear” to be full of adventure, wonder, human emotion and melancholic weight.

But there’s a playfulness here too. Not only in the “Top Gear” title, but also in the way an electronic duck caller is hacked to produce a track, and childrens’ Casio keyboards and entry- level MIDI synth modules are used to deliver dark, sophisticated progressive experimental dream-pop mini-symphonies.

At the time of the technology used on “Top Gear”, Compact Disc technology was being hailed by classic rock musicians as the future of audio formats. The Compact Disc finally allowed audiophile listeners to hear their true genius, hidden for years by the sonic limitations of vinyl.

So, while the Compact Disc advocating audiophile-favourite bands of the 1980s are now re-issuing LP box sets, here’s Stef Animal’ s “Top Gear” to reclaim the future as imagined 30 years ago.