01 Tadpole In (2:09)
02 Sudden Infant Sperm Children (5:12)
03 Brume Love Me Tender (6:00)
04 Tadpole Out (3:26)
Total time 16:47
7” released by Anomalous, TAD-001, USA, 1992
Berlin-based performance artist Sudden Infant (Joke Lanz) was touring France and Germany last June, with a set of songs from a 2009 self-released cassette titled ‘Parental Guidance’ (and not, surprisingly, with songs from his 2008 CD ‘Psychotic Einzelkind’, including Thurston Moore and Z’EV remixes, no less). His Paris show was so emotionally challenging and sonically impressive, I rummaged through my collection for old Sudden Infant stuff to post and found this single. It came in a hand-made cover in an edition of 500. Apparently the first and only in a series of split singles on an Anomalous Records subdivision called Tadpole, presumably run by Danielle Sklar aka Tadpole. Sklar also contributed to some records on Germany’s Selektion label as well. ‘Sperm Plus Egg’ is centered on babyhood, explicitely so on the Tadpole tracks (including lots of cute cooings and ga-ings), more vaguely adressed in the Sudden Infant [+] and Brume tracks. Both deliver so-called industrial music with an electroacoustic and musique concrète touch.