Plush Safe Records | LP | 2013
Gray was the downtown "industrial sound" band started by Andy Warhol acolyte, avant-garde HipHop legend, Jean-Michel Basquiat and performance artist Michael Holman.
Besides Basquiat and Holman, other members of the original group were Nicholas Taylor, Justin Thyme and Vincent Gallo. Just after Jean-Michel Basquiat's passing in 1988
--"Gray became an industrial sound effects band. They played on scaffolds ... Lately, they've really developed their own groove... it's sort of an easy listening bebop industrial sound effects lounge ensemble."
Originally out in 1985, this makes one of those obscure new wave oddities that nobody knows about but everyone should.
Feautures gamelan, outernational/musligauze-like elements, female vocals & drum machines thus,
L O V E AT FIRST L I S T EN
Co-founder of Nuova Consonanza and frequent collaborator of Ennio Morricone, Italian avant-garde and film composer Egisto Macchi (1928-1992) produced a large and largely forgotten catalogue of astounding music during the 1960s and 1970s.
Voix is the Ultra rare Italian library masterpiece originally out in 1975, remastered from its master tapes for this re-issue, offered by the Australian label Roundtable.
The compilation features vintage oud and vocal music inspired by the qat-chewing, coffee-sipping, qambus-playing culture of Yemen. Although part of the classical Arabic musical tradition, the music of Yemen takes its rhythmic lead as much from the East African coast (a mere 20 miles across the Red Sea) as the surrounding Arab Peninsula.
Little has been written about the music and culture of one of the world’s oldest civilizations, and each 45rpm disc gives a small glimpse of the poetic tradition, the unique local oud styles as well as an insight into people’s day-to-day lives, or the highs and lows of human relationships.
Who doesn't need all this onvinyl? >>[includes extensive, full colour notes on fold-out insert]
''George Ivanovich Gurdjieff (Russian: Гео́ргий Ива́нович Гурджи́ев; January 13, 1866 – October 29, 1949) was an influential spiritual teacher of the early to mid-20th century who taught that most humans live their lives in a state of hypnotic "waking sleep", but that it is possible to transcend to a higher state of consciousness and achieve full human potential.''
Apart from that, he recorded free improvised compositions with a harmonium they gave him as a gift, with truly beautiful results.