I fully experienced this masterpiece only a couple of years ago, when it was always in front of my nose. It’s a bit like discovering peanut butter and marmite working together. They’ve been always lying around in your kitchen and then one day boom - your mind blown.
I’ve been massively into hip-hop when i was a kid and I'm kind of stuck with my favourite albums from '90s. Tribe, Mobb Deep and all that...the piles that hold your life, the safe zone you can always go back to. Anyway, I'm very conservative and cautious with new stuff, but this one’s amazing.
My ”favourite thing that David Byrne did” kind of shifts with the time, but this tops the chart for a while now. It was made the same year as My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, you can hear them feed of each other.
There were much more better records made by artsy kids during that era in New York, but this one’s always on the go in my YouTube playlist, just hits the spot every time. Interesting characters too. One of them was Jim Jarmusch, another one had a school band with Madonna.
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Obviously good time to dive within with a little help of spiritual jazz classics. If there’s one person out there discovering this album or Don Cherry for the first time, it was worth including this here. A savour.
Music takes you places and some music takes you to a very particular place. That's what “He loved him madly” does, a 30-minute journey on this record. It's good to go back there and observe what you know about music and every time it's different.
There's much more to some music than songwriting or the sound of the guitar, even when it's the best. The ghost of Rowland S. Howard still makes this world a more interesting place. Very special guy. Also, very personal, so I guess it’s not for everybody.
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Manfredas is a DJ and producer from Vilnius, Lithuania. He runs a clubnight Smala at Opium Club and released music on Ivan Smagghe's and Ginger Prince's label Les Disques De La Mort and Multi Culti.