Population: Nil was Gordon Stranger's final attempt at success. After years of being still filled with frustration that Bogquake never fulfilled their potential, still baffled by the lack of success afforded to the first Null album, Stranger went into the studio to create his masterpiece. This was to be a solo effort, whilst erstwhile Bogquake synth man Jack Curgeon was retained to mix and master the tapes, he was now an auxiliary technician. Stranger would play everything on the album, then he would only have himself to blame.
As usual the project was plagued with problems. Stranger struggled to finance the venture and then, once he had the cash, he couldn’t source the array of equipment he required. Eventually though, in just thirteen days, the album was cut. Desperately searching for a more commercial sound, Stranger tried every trick he knew, referenced every successful artist he could and created Population: Nil.
Of course the album was, once again, a failure. No label would release it so Stranger self-financed the duplication of 500 cassette copies. Of these only a handful were ever labelled and boxed and these have long since disappeared. Here at Harmonic Union then, we were delighted when 50 of these unmarked tapes turned up in the back of an Ashcourt charity shop. Having no clue what the original artwork would have been, and in consultation with Gordon’s son, Gary, we have repackaged the album and now present it to you.
released August 15, 2016
Written and performed by Gordon Stranger
Mixed and mastered by Jack Curgeon