Street of Illusions by Petar Janjatovic
"Rock" magazine, 1987
On the thirtieth anniversary of a radio show "Rendezvous
with music" Radio Novi Sad published two albums, one
of a band La Strada and one of rex Ilusivii. The LP of Rex
illusive "Disillusioned" was made in a cooperation
with youth magazine "Stav". Both of the records
were published in 500 copies but they represent valuable document
and show us that this is the only way for quality but noncommercial
records to be published.
Mitar Subotic - Suba alias Rex
Ilusivii alias King Of Illusions is trying to explain
with this record that he is Disillusioned. His destiny is
like a destiny of almost all musicians in Novi Sad. Rex represents
a kind of a specific individual in our circles but his work
is still in "off spaces". Demo recordings of a song
"Plava jutra"(with Marina Perazic for who this is
actually the best song she ever recorded) and version of "Sex
Machine" with Milan Mladenovic were real treat for radio
program. For couple years we were waiting for his new records
where he would represent his work with different authors.
But like before with band La Strada nobody was interested
to publish his record.
"Everything is too late now, this songs were recorded
a long time ago and if I made them today they would sound
completely different. Technology and work in a studio are
the things that are important to me and they advanced during
the years so I would make the songs completely different.
I didn't want to put on this record songs "Plava jutra"
and "Sex Machine" because they have already been
heard so many times on a different radio stations. Things
like this I would hardly do again." - Suba once said.
On this record beside Rex worked also Milan Mladenovic (vocals,
text, guitar), Uros Secerovic (percussion), Massiomo Savic,
Zoran Radomirovic Svaba and Branka Parlic. They worked on
it since March 1985 till June 1986. Through the music Rex
mixes different influences playing with different styles.
First two themes "Nabor na postelji" ang "Courage!"
are a variation of the same theme and text, while themes "Facedance"
and "Alice" have completely different atmosphere.
Peaceful instrumentals introduce us with Ino's ambiental themes.
On B side there are ambients done on music of Eric Sati called
"Thanx Mr.Rorschah". Eric Sati is not so famous
in Yugoslavia but we can recognize Suba as his excellent follower
and propagandist. After all let me use the words written by
Madame Ornela Volta from Foundation of Eric Sati in Paris:
"It is our great pleasure to find in Yugoslavia a musician
Mitar Subotic - Rex Ilusivii
who composed some interesting pieces, especially one -a homage
to Sati - and that piece was done just in a way Sati preferred
- in a way that everyone can find his own way and his own
personality. Music made by Rex Ilusivii represents realization
of that formula, of that procedure."
As things now stand this record represents an end of one phase
in music of Rex Ilusivii. I hope that we'll have an opportunity
to find out what he'll do next. However judging by this record
I think that Rex would be very successful in applied music
especially in film music.