Taken from over 800 tape reels recorded onto by Arthur Russell (fingers crossed Arty had them catalogued appropriately!), 'Another Thought' is a reliably otherworldly album from the master of experimental cello and emaciated disco. The arrangements are beautifully intimate, the vocals seem squashed, and the album has a boxy feel that really acentuates the claustrophobic feel of the record. Wonderful. Out for the first time on vinyl on Arc Light Editions.
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- Another Thought by Arthur Russell
Here’s the first ever vinyl pressing of Arthur Russell’s ‘Another Thought’, a posthumous collection compiled from 800 tape reels recorded between 1982 and ‘90. What’s immediately surprising is how coherent it sounds as an album. The performances often hushed, sparse and soulful, largely performed solo with a handful of notable exceptions including the superb use of brass and conga on ‘This Is How We Walk On The Moon’.
The main focus is on Russell’s idiosyncratic cello style, conjuring up toe tapping but melancholic grooves from clever booming loops and nimbly picked burblings, and his sweetly soulful voice cutting through with a smooth vulnerability that’s part Jeff Buckley, part Elliott Smith, part Mark Sandman. It’s easy to compare him to those who’ve come since and been inspired by him - David Thomas Broughton is another example - but Russell really was a one of a kind, and as far as posthumous odds-and-sods collections go this is remarkable. Soak it up.
10/10 Dan McCabe 3rd December 2014
Perfectly avant-garde, perfectly accessible!
This really is one of my favourite buys ever! Arthur Russell has such a mysterious magnetism that makes him and his music so interesting and captivating.
His story is amazing and this shows in his music whether this is vague or blatant in meaning you understand exactly what he is trying to convey.
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