turns out these seven songs are guyanese-american artist bill russell’s only recordings. bill had 100 vinyl copies pressed up in 1979 on his own bi-russell records label, promoted it modestly and locally, and it went nowhere.
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the very first cd release of the classic 1980 compilation album from brussels with love, which was also the debut release from chic belgian indie label les disques du crepuscule. originally released as a deluxe cassette/book package in november 1980 it featured 20 exclusive tracks from the international avant garde and new wave, as well as the celebrated factory records roster.
a trio of hamburg's finest, peter m. kersten (lawrence), christian naujocks, and richard von der schulenburg, feel out a quietly freeform jazz-electronica sound as sky walking. improvising in hushed dialogue at a "rotten studio in the backyard of a record store in hamburg", the trio channel influence from the rustling backdrops of gruppo improvvisazione nuova consonanza, gerard grisey's spectral experiments, and psychic tv's strange sound worlds via a "weird collection of instruments" including some russian microphones and the "saddest sounding steel drum". the results unfurling a miniature midnight landscape of twinkling lights and fractured mumbles over nine tracks at once stark in their arrangement but intimately tactile in character, leaving loads of room for light-headed drift in their glowing harmonics and gremlin-like chuckles. it sounds like they had fun making it.
providence, ri garbage-artisan russian tsarlag aka carlos gonzales needs no introduction at this point – he’s been trucking his moldy fruit cart of sewage-pop and bad acid storytelling across the american wasteland since longer than most people have had an email account.