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Jem Targal

Jem Targal

Jem Targal


A Turkish Leprechaun by birth, with a childhood fully immersed in music and art, Jem Targal first made his mark as vocalist/bassist/main songwriter for Detroit power-trio legends THIRD POWER (their lone Vanguard album from 1969 still rightfully well-regarded today). After the band split in 1972, a despondent Jem took up home recording, laying down hours of tape on a Teac 4-track machine. Jem selected the best cuts from these solo sessions in 1978 Read more on Last.fm
A Turkish Leprechaun by birth, with a childhood fully immersed in music and art, Jem Targal first made his mark as vocalist/bassist/main songwriter for Detroit power-trio legends THIRD POWER (their lone Vanguard album from 1969 still rightfully well-regarded today). After the band split in 1972, a despondent Jem took up home recording, laying down hours of tape on a Teac 4-track machine. Jem selected the best cuts from these solo sessions in 1978 and released "Luckey Guy"-pasting the gatefold covers and handling all sales himself in true DIY fashion. The album never stays still with one style for too long, but rather drifts along with spaced-out guitar (`Bumble Bee Drive'), tortured, dissonant piano (`Ring Out The Bells'), culminating in a sparse, apocalyptic tale (`The Bomb Tune'), with bits of childlike whimsy and Jem's eerie harmonies woven throughout, not to mention a few musical touches that indicate its mid-1970's vintage.

Were we to shamelessly namedrop, we might mention Syd Barrett, Skip Spence, Brian Wilson and Gary Wilson as starting points... But we're above that. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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