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2021 11 Jul

Made to measure the unknown

von: Michael Engelbrecht Filed under: Blog | TB | Tags: , , 1 Comment

 

An hour of time travel activities on August 19. Japanese music of the past can still surprise. The latest offering is a wonderful mix of melodic lightness and experimental touch. In those old days „Made to Measure“ wrote music history made to measure unfamiliar horizons: „La douxième journée“ by Lew & Brown was instantly regarded as a classic of its own kind with its audacious melange of north african modes, jazz sensibilities and twilight zones in between. From Bruxelles with love! No doubt Alice Coltrane and her Ashram singing of more or less improvised Hindu chants has a deepness to it that transcends its once-upon-a-time target group of religious devotion and now can easily be perceived as a profound, human meditation on yearning and loss. In the middle of it all we’ll see, on the cover of „The Perfect Release“ a woman (Annette Peacock) on a couch (looking slightly indifferent) – and then there is this vocal delivery  on the state of the world, with a casual performance that doesn‘t outnumber at all the simple truth of all its lines and verses. A stone cold groove keeps her company.

 

Leftfield Japanese Music from the CD-Age / Benjamin Lew & Steven Brown (a classic from Made to Measure) / Alice Coltrane: Turiya Sings / A spoken word classic from Annette Peacock / Alice Coltrane again / Benjamin Lew & Steven Brown again / Leftfield Japanese Music again (closing all circles)      

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  1. Jim Irvin:

    „The Perfect Release“ (Aura/Sundazed) is funkier musically, more ambivalent lyrically than „X Dreams“. “Life’s hopeful between the thighs,” she sighs on The Succubus, though on Love’s Out To Lunch she notes, “There’s more to love than the balling.” American Sport is scathing about capitalism, the reggaetinged Rubber Hunger appears to be about someone addicted to sex toys, and on lengthy, slapbass closer Survival she casts herself as a distaff Gil Scott-Heron speaking of personal revolution.“

    “All leaders are opportunists… drawn by the cry of a multitude,” she declares.

    These idiosyncratic albums, long out of print on vinyl, come in handsome new editions, mastered at Third Man, pressed on lurid coloured vinyl, and, in the case of X-Dreams, with added sleevenotes. Still unclassifiable, their unique spirit and mesmerising mood holds up very well.

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