Mike Cooper Vinyl, CD & tapes by Mike Cooper at Norman Records

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Mike Cooper
Playing With Water

Playing With Water, Mike Cooper’s latest slice of ambient exotica was inspired by Playing With Water: Passion And Solitude On A Philippine Island, a novel by James Hamilton-Paterson. He says the book describes his album exactly. He has created his soundscapes by using Hawaiian Slack Key and Lap Steel guitar and manipulating the sounds. His 2001 album Globe Notes was been inspired by another of Hamilton Paterson’s other books.

Mike Cooper
Tropical Gothic

Mike Cooper has been making his own special interpretations of ‘Tropical’ music for many years now, and this continues in style with new album Tropical Gothic. As you’d expect, this brings some darkness into the sound, reflecting on colonial influences. The music is wonderful, with guitars and field recordings all adding colour to Cooper’s vivid imagination.

Mike Cooper
Distant Songs Of Madmen

Distant Songs of Madmen was recorded live in Palermo during a solo set by Mike Cooper. It's a mix of free improvisations on guitar with some digital trickery as well as some traditional folk covers and original songs. There is a wonderful feeling of traditional blues alongside a sense of unpredictable, electric experimentation.
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Mike Cooper
Trout Steel

As well as his 'Places I Know' and 'The Machine Gun Co' finally being packaged together as a double LP, the wonderful Mike Cooper's 1970 opus 'Trout Steel' is also back on LP, a slightly countryish take on his singer-songwriter style with plenty of hard-attacked steel guitar wibble as well as glimmering passages of gently simmering avant-folk improvisation.

Mike Cooper
Places I Know / The Machine Gun Co

We love Mike Cooper here at Norman, so it's great to see these classics from the vaults getting a long-overdue reissue - their first time back on vinyl since the '70s. This nimble-fingered avant-folk is rooted in blues and r'n'b with a much poppier singer-songwriter slant than his recent tropical-ambient steel guitar meanderings.

Mike Cooper
Reluctant Swimmer / Virtual Surfer

A document of a live performance by Mike Cooper that was given in Rome back in 2003. The music was improvised, although Cooper finds himself wandering into two sung songs along the way (by Van Dyke Parks and Fred Neil respectively), one of them for the first time. Fantastic listenings to be had for fans of the lap steel / lap steel guitar. Reluctant Swimmer / Virtual Surfer is released by Discrepant.

Mike Cooper
New Kiribati

First released in 1999, here is the first installment in Mike Cooper’s intriguing journey away from songcraft and towards ‘Ambient Exotica Soundscapes’: intriguing and atmospheric little soundworlds made with… well, all sorts. This reissue on Discrepant is the first ever appearance on vinyl for these remarkable recordings, where they clearly belong.

Mike Cooper & Steve Gunn
Frkwys Vol. 11 : Cantos De Lisboa

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Mike Cooper
Raft

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Mike Cooper & Derek Hall
Out of The Shades

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Mike Cooper
Blue Guitar

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Mike Cooper
Light On A Wall

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Mike Cooper
Fratello Mare

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Mike Cooper & Chris Abrahams
Trace

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Mike Cooper
New Globe Notes

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Mike Cooper
White Shadows In The South Seas

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Chris Abrahams/ Mike Cooper
Oceanic Feeling- Like

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Mike Cooper
Live @ The Hint House NY City

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