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Dynamos And Tremolos

Bill Nelson

album - 2 July 2018

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01)  City Of Tomorrow

02)  Electric Railway Overhead

03)  Baby Robot

04)  Tales Of The Intergalactic Glee Club

05)  The Beautiful Machine

06)  Dynatron

07)  Sine Waves Singing In A Silver Tower

08)  Quick As A Flash

09)  Halogen

10)  Happy Little Hovercar

11)  Spaceship Away!

12)  Echoes Of The Age


Dynamos and Tremolos is an instrumental album issued on the Sonoluxe label.

The album was recorded in August and September 2015 and began life as an '80s synth retro album, before Nelson elected to mix in half a dozen guitar based tracks to provide an element of contrasting styles and sounds.

Soon after the album was commenced in mid-August 2015, Nelson began to experience intermittent problems with his second Mackie mixing desk, bought second hand six months earlier, to replace his original machine which he had purchased at the beginning of his move to digital recording back in 2000.   

The mixing desk limped through the making of Dynamos and Tremolos (and the subsequent project Luxury Wonder Moments) before finally packing in completely before the end of 2015.


When completed, Dynamos and Tremolos joined an ever expanding backlog of unreleased material having to wait its turn for release alongside over a dozen albums' worth of material.  Consequently Dynamos and Tremolos would lie dormant for two and a half years until Nelson began to assemble artwork for it in February 2018.  The album was mastered at Fairview on 12 March 2018 at the same session as Drive This Comet Across the Sky.


It was released as a 500 copy Limited Edition Digipak CD simultaneously with a Bandcamp Digital Download.  It took just a few weeks to sell out, yet some extra copies were found and passed over to Burning Shed, these remaining copies sold out in just a couple of days. 



Available for purchase as a digital download here in the Dreamsville Store.

Joy Through Amplification, Sparkle Machine, Awakening of Dr Dream, Special Metal, Blip 1 & 2, Pedalscope

Swoons & Levitations, Palace of Strange Voltages, Dreamshire Chronicles, Modern Moods for Mighty Atoms


"Have been working on a new album project: I was planning an '80s retro-synth album.  Well, I've decided to modify it a bit.  I now have six pure synth tracks completed, very '80s in their own way, quite poppy, despite being instrumentals.  But I've decided to make variations on the theme by recording six more tracks with synth and guitar.  I'll alternate the pure synth tracks with the synth and guitar tracks to contrast and compliment each other.

"Already completed one synth/guitar track titled 'Dynaflow.'  Almost completed another, as yet untitled.  I think this approach will make for a more interesting album than limiting it just to synths.  Best of both worlds, so to speak.  Working title for the album is 'Dynamos And Tremolos.' "



"Deliberating with myself over which images I've made will best suit a couple of upcoming albums.  The main focus of attention at the moment is the 'Dynamos And Tremolos' album.  I've built up more images for this than will be needed but I'm undecided as to which might be the most appropriate selection in terms of overall design.

"The album is a combination of synths and guitar sounds and my initial idea was to reflect this using images of retro synthesisers and old guitars.  But I also wanted to bring on board a more sci-fi touch with antiquated, distressed robot pictures."



"I should warn any '80s synth fans that it's not quite the retro-electronica excursion you might imagine it to be.  It offers an affectionate nod to those old synth stylings, but sets them in a much more contemporary context."


Review by Jeff Brown



" 'Dynamos and Tremolos' is a unique album. It's got a giggle and smirk to it.

Works well with physical activity, a soundtrack to accompany chores or a walk.

Impossible not to find y'self in a giddy state, contemplatively giddy, at times when listening."

John Mentzer:


"This is a rare synth-centric offering from Bill Nelson which should wildly appeal to that certain subsection of fans! But worry not! There is still plenty of lush, amazing guitar work to go with it! 
Bill calls it "80s" but this is Bill we are talking about! Nothing sounded like him then and nothing does now!

Singular talent!"

Ronald Nelson:


"Another brilliant album, they just get better all the time - just like a good wine, cheers."

David Briggs:

"Lots of melody and understated inventiveness."

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