gray - shades of... - plush safe records - cdPSR001CD - 57408 - uscd - €13.99
Genre: Wave / Pop / Rock
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The new Gray album release, "Shades of..." featuring Jean-Michel Basquiat, Michael Holman, Nicholas Taylor and Justin Thyme. Conceptual and 'wacky' stuff coming from many angles - in a good way. It's very New York and is DOPE! Original Basquiat artwork... TIP!
Gray Press Release:
Michael Holman and Nicholas Taylor have reunited once again to produce the first Gray album ever, titled, ”Shades of…” on their own label, Plush Safe Records, that hankers back to Gray’s sonic roots - industrial noise melded with electronic atmospheres. This multi-track compilation includes and involves sample tracks from Gray’s earliest recordings and performances, with samples of Basquiat’s music and voice. Included is a solo performance by Basquiat (recorded by Justin Thyme) called “Suicide Hotline,” where Basquiat, in 1980, called a suicide hotline, and in dramatic, and darkly teasing fashion, reads bits of his poetry to the hotline operator, never allowing the operator to know for sure if the “caller” is insane, suicidal, or simply toying with him. The effect of the piece is powerful and disturbing, yet poignant and moving in a way only Basquiat could produce. The other tracks range from Stockhausen inspired fugues, to trip hop lanced throw downs. Holman & Taylor were fortunate to work with John Cale’s drummer Dean Anthony on this new music, as well as fabled Tubes drummer, Prairie Prince and Downtown Scenester/drummer, Lenny Ferraro. “Shades of…” is not only a living piece of New York history, it’s also an audio interpretation of a journey to where Taylor & Holman see the future of music. Gray has not only returned to their sonic roots, they are also planning live performances that pay homage to their early Downtown gigs, where they performed inside, around and on top of sculptural works of art; like their infamous “Ignorant Geodesic Dome” stage set that brought the house down at the Mudd Club in 1981.
Note: There are technically, 27 tracks on the album, but really there are only 18 because the first track, “Suicide Hotline” (total duration - 3:53) has been broken up into 10 separate pieces and spread out over the album, with the intention of making it a common thread throughout the cd.