Rimarimba ‘On Dry Land’

Rimarimba's On Dry Land cassette cover
On Dry Land side A

After the end of his The Same duo with Florence Atkinson, Robert Cox published 5 full-length releases of his Rimarimba solo project between 1983 and 1987, either on his own Unlikely Records or Hamster (see discography below), all reissued on Peeved and Cordelia Records during the same period. So, there’s a total of 5 Rimarimba albums, not 4 as I stated previously. At the time of Gone To Hell in a Bucket, Rimarimba’s last cassette in 1987, Cox had entirely transported his acoustic instruments+keyboards formula onto DX7+Yamaha CX5 sequencer platform, and his final opus is consequently less exciting, though some of the ancient charm remains. But the present On Dry Land, released 1984, does include his usual trademark of marimba, guitar, bass and synth programming (DX7, CX5 and Casio CZ 101) in addition to less frequent ingredients like found vocals and Industrial sounds. Overall, the cassette is more varied than the preceding Below The Horizon. Though the info sheet only lists 3 tracks, I cued the multiple (sometimes very) short tracks according to the Cordelia reissue LP’s track list. A wonderful collection of skillfully arranged, instrumental melodies with the closing, longest tracks (#15 & 16) not sounding like Rimarimba at all.

On Dry Land:
01 Do Wonders For Me (1:05)
02 Tacky Travel Tune (3:11)
03 Crash (:39)
04 Fairground (1:00)
05 Down From The Sky (:04)
06 I Wouldn’t Ask (:35)
07 Can’t You Feel It (4:00)
08 Welsh Water (2:02)
09 On The Range (4:51)
10 Gnats (1:41)
11 Cacoughanation (2:37)
12 Sick + Spirit (2:13)
13 Foulground (:11)
14 Machinebeat (1:30)
15 Beyond Pain (6:32)
16 Not Enough Time (10:30)

Total time
Cassette released by Unlikely Records, URT87, UK, 1984


Rimarimba discography:
1983 Below The Horizon, cassette, Unlikely URT81
1984 On Dry Land, cassette, Unlikely URT87
1985 In The Woods, LP, Unlikely Records UR89
1986 Chicago Death Excretion Geometry, k7 & LP, Hamster Records [+]
1987 Gone To Hell in a Bucket, cassette, Unlikely URT105

More from Unlikely:
1983 Rimarimba ‘Below The Horizon’ [+]
1985 Eva Perouk ‘Auto Da Fé/La Semaine D’Une Somnambuliste’ [+]
1985 Rimarimba ‘In The Woods’ [+]
1986 Milovan Srdenovic ‘Voodoo Bastard’ [+]

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4 Responses to “Rimarimba ‘On Dry Land’”

  1. 1 arto flosing April 21, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you.
    Very “chouette”.

  2. 2 continuo April 21, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Thanks. Mr Robert Cox himself left a favorable comment the other day on one of my Rimarimba post.

  3. 3 CapaNostra April 26, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Wow! So Robert Cox is planning to reissue the old stuff. That’s really great news.

  4. 4 continuo April 27, 2010 at 6:51 am

    It would be lovely to see the Rimarimba albums reissued on CD or LP. Let’s hope for the best.

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