In 1977, Don Muro released It’s Time, a big, neon-lit pop record composed primarily on synthesizers and situating itself at the little-traversed intersection of soft rock and experimental electronic music. It vanished without a trace until it was unearthed last year by Jared Cheek and Jason Nickey, who fell in love with it and immediately set about trying to reissue the album on Cheek’s label, Flannelgraph. To their delight, Muro was still active and was relatively easy to track down and now, 36 years after its initial release, It’s Time was released in 2013.
Now, they follow with Souffrances et Extases du Jeune Amour. a compilation of songs Muro recorded between 1969 and 1974. One of these, “Hit Tune,” is the perfect showcase for what makes Muro so special. Over instrumentation that sounds like Elton John scoring the original Tron, Muro lays out a sweet, pleading statement of purpose: “I’m not writing the song for money, I’m not writing the song for fame/I’m writing the song for one thing only/ to get you back again.” It’s the perfect entry into Munro’s world, blending the relentlessly synthetic with the wonderfully sweet.
Preorder the Don Munro compilation Souffrances et Extases du Jeune Amour today from Flannelgraph records.