The Liner/Sleeve Notes:
So, Chandra Oppenheim was a 12 year old girl in the 1980’s, whose father Dennis Oppenheim – a conceptual artist, who teamed up with members of The Dance to create this girl fronted punk EP.
So, the EP opens with the track “Opposite” which starts with some weird organ and synthesizer playing, it really seems like it could be a dance hit. Then Chandra begins to sing, and this music is really, really trippy. The vocals and lyrics and music are all really good, it’s actually a really good EP. It seems to be fading out a bit, like Chandra is becoming distanced from the microphone. It’s quite odd. This is so interesting, I’m definitely loving this. The musicianship almost has that 60’s psychedelic vibe to it. And with that, the track is over, next up is “Concentration” and it starts off with almost this mid 80’s jazz dance vibe, and then Chandra begins to sing the title over and over again, before picking up the speed and singing more vocals. She seems to giving it her all, and I hear a hint of violins in this track, Chandra is pretty good at singing, this song is just kind of all over the place, repetitive and trippy.
The B-Side opens with “Subways” and it immediately opens with Chandra singing before we go back to that 60’s vibe of organs and music. Or maybe an 80’s horror movie soundtrack, until the vocals start. It too, comes off as repetitive, but it’s still rather enjoyable. The EP ends with the track “Kate” and it has a lot of really nice synthesizer and organ playing too, the intrumentalization on this EP is really great. The vocals come in, and they’re kind of dark, lyrically speaking. The lyrics are dark. It’s really an interesting listen. Definitely a great listen.
A1 – Opposite
A2 – Concentration
B1 – Subways
B2 – Kate
Studio Musicians & Other Album Credits:
Produced by Steve Alexander & Eugenie Diserio
Lyrics by Chandra
Music by Diserio / Alexander
All Vocals – Chandra
All Instruments – Steve Alexander & Eugenie Diserio
Drums on “Opposite”, “Subways” & “Kate” – Fred Maher
Dissonant Organ on “Subways” & Melodica on “Kate” – Chandra
Photography – Earl Ripling
Recorded at Unique Recording, NYC, May 1980
Other Albums I Own by Chandra: