It has been seven years since Audika last issued an album of Arthur Russell material. The wait ends this summer with Corn, nine tracks Russell recorded in 1982 and 1983.åÊ
In collaboration with Russell‰۪s partner Tom Lee, Audika‰۪s Steve Knutson compiled Corn from Arthur‰۪s original, completed 1/4‰ tape masters. Russell himself compiled this material on three separate test pressings‰ÛÓlabeled El Dinosaur, Indian Ocean,and Untitled,respectively‰ÛÓin 1985.
Russell fans know something of the Corn sound from Audika‰۪s debut release, Calling Out of Context (2004), which included four songs from these sessions:‰ÛÏThe Deer In The Forest Part 1,‰‰ÛÏThe Platform on the Ocean,‰ ‰ÛÏCalling Out Of Context,‰and‰ÛÏI Like You!‰åÊ
This new collection includes rhythmic alternate versions of ‰ÛÏLucky Cloud,‰ ‰ÛÏKeeping Up,‰ ‰ÛÏSee My Brother, He‰۪s Jumping Out (Let‰۪s Go Swimming #2),‰ ‰ÛÏThis Is How We Walk on the Moon,‰ and ‰ÛÏHiding Your Present From You,‰ along with‰ÛÏCorn,‰ ‰ÛÏCorn (Continued),‰ ‰ÛÏThey and Their Friends,‰ and the closing instrumental ‰ÛÏOcean Movie,‰ one of the most beautiful and curious Russell tracks ever to see the light of day.
With Corn, Audika reveals yet another side of Russell‰۪s staggeringly diverse artistry, following the avant-electro disco of Calling Out Of Context, and its companion EP, Springfield; the orchestral works ‰ÛÏInstrumentals‰ and Tower Of Meaning,‰ compiled and released as First Thought Best Thought; the ‰ÛÏBuddhist Bubble Gum Pop‰ collected on Love Is Overtaking Me; and Russell‰۪s definitive solo masterpiece, World Of Echo.
- Lucky Cloud 2. Corn 3. Keeping Up 4. See My Brother, He‰۪s Jumping Out (Let‰۪s Go Swimming #2) 5. This Is How We Walk On The Moon 6. Corn (Continued) 7. Hiding Your Present From You
- They And Their Friends 9. Ocean Movie