David Chesworth ~ Layer On Layer
Chapter Music presents a vinyl reissue of Melbourne post-punk icon David Chesworth’s mutant punk-funk second album, 1981’s Layer On Layer.
After his revered 1979 debut 50 Synthesizer Greats (reissued by Chapter in 2017), David swapped the solo home-recorded synths for something very different - infec- tious, percussive art-funk weirdness.
21 years old in 1980, studying at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, David gradually worked out how to use the 8-track recording studio at the university’s music department. Working ‘under the radar’ at night and on weekends, Chesworth built Layer On Layer from the ground up, using non-instruments like telephone directories, books, cardboard boxes and metal car parts, as well as an Indondesian anklung, untuned acoustic guitar and autoharp.