Rarity: First (and now completely out of print) in an on-going series curated by Dennis Tyfus dedicated to getting into print the completely off-the-radar analog synth inventions of Belgium's Edmond De Deytser. De Deyster was a mystery to most of his friends and family up until his death from a heroin overdose in 1999 when his family uncovered a massive archive of tapes that he had been secretly working on since sometime in the mid-70s. Indeed, it wasn't until the late 80s that his family even found out about his covert musical activities. After hearing a rumour from a colleague about a late-friend who made "weird music", Tyfus approached the family, most of whom had no interest in Edmond's stash of tapes, with a view to compiling and releasing the material for the first time. Selectie 01 is the first volume of the series and it's an absolute revelation. Compiled from two tapes that had been simply labelled "1975", this consists of four beautiful excerpts of extremely lonesome and oddly rhythmic synth blues. I remember John Olson described the JD Emanuele Wizards LP as sounding like "Corwood jamming Alpha Centauri" and that's a description that fits these recordings perfectly. The same feeling of secret psychological refuge that dominates the Corwood back catalogue is here, the same creative necessity seemingly at work. But most of all it's the supremely isolated feel of the music, the cold, sad arcs of tone, that make it sound closest to a synthesized Jandek. The whole LP comes with beautiful full-colour cover snaps of Edmond with his family in the 1970s, an inspired touch by Tyfus and one that heightens the weird Corwood/Jandek connection. Either way, it's one of the best and most unexpectedly affecting releases of the year and in its own way as compelling a slice of outsider art as the photographs of Morton Bartlett. Highest possible recommendation. Comes with insert.