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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.
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 labeled El Dinosaur, Indian Ocean, and Untitled, respectively in 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: ï¿½The Deer In The Forest Part 1,ï¿½ ï¿½The Platform on the Ocean,ï¿½
ï¿½Calling Out Of Context,ï¿½ and ï¿½I Like You!ï¿½
This new collection includes rhythmic alternate versions of ï¿½Lucky Cloud,ï¿½ ï¿½Keeping Up,ï¿½ ï¿½See My Brother, Heï¿½s
Jumping Out (Letï¿½s Go Swimming #2),ï¿½ ï¿½This Is How We Walk on the Moon,ï¿½ and ï¿½Hiding Your Present From
You,ï¿½ along with ï¿½Corn,ï¿½ ï¿½Corn (Continued),ï¿½ ï¿½They and Their Friends,ï¿½ and the closing instrumental ï¿½Ocean
Movie,ï¿½ one of the most beautiful and curious Russell tracks ever to see the light of day.
With Corn, Audika reveals yet another side of Russellï¿½s staggeringly diverse artistry, following the avant-electrodisco
of Calling Out Of Context, and its companion EP, Springfield; the orchestral works ï¿½Instrumentalsï¿½ and
Tower Of Meaning,ï¿½ compiled and released as First Thought Best Thought; the ï¿½Buddhist Bubble Gum Popï¿½ collected
on Love Is Overtaking Me; and Russellï¿½s definitive solo masterpiece, World Of Echo.