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Artist: YOUNG, MATTHEW
Title: Recurring Dreams
Format: LP
Label: Drag City
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"Matthew Youngs genre-bending, acclaimed 1986 release Travelers Advisory reappeared as a reissue on Drag City/Yoga in 2010 and quickly sold out. We now return to Youngs first effort, Recurring Dreams, dating back to 1981 and the apex of the Eno/Berlin schools influence over a myriad of American followers. Young created eight EMS/Rhodes pieces solo, subtly weaving in variable-speed Revox manipulation of traditional rock instrumentation with the lightest of touches. As anyone who has heard Travelers Advisory already knows, Matthew Young could never be a mere imitator. What all too often amounted to predictable schtick in the field of early 80s home electronica, Young made personal, delicate, discreet, and discrete. Wordlessly illustrating its titles -- Version, Inversion, The Forest Of Lilacs, and Mistral (a strong, cold, northwesterly wind), Young conjures vivid, progressive tones of the unknown. Recurring Dreams requires repeat listenings to fully reveal its Bonsai-like qualities. Fans of Erik Satie, JD Emmanuel, private-issue new age or the more placid side of minimal synth should take note of this one." - Drag City.

Artist: YOUNG, MATTHEW
Title: Travelers Advisory
Format: LP
Label: Drag City
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Mixing a hammered dulcimer and a drum machine makes no logical sense. Taking your lyrics from instruction manuals is not a good idea. Covering Michael Hurley in 1986 is about as out of step with the times as you can get. And yet... somehow this 25-year-old 12th-century/folk/electronic album feels perfectly up to date and dare we say...cooler than anything else youll hear this year! Drag City and Yoga Records proudly present Matthew Youngs Travelers Advisory. Recorded at home, made and distributed at the end of the first age of vinyl, Travelers Advisory is a startlingly original work: an utterly unique mix of vocals, dulcimer, banjo, Casio synths, and electronic drums, Matthew played every instrument & recorded every note. A graphic designer by trade, he too created the album artwork. Aside from a few traditionals and one cover version, Young composed everything. The haunting song Young chose to cover, Werewolf, comes from another original, Michael Hurley, approximately 20 years before Hurley came back into fashion with the kids. The striking blend of electronic & traditional should appeal to fans of Arthur Russell; another pioneer responsible for an unlikely wedding of drum machine and cello. Opener Objects in Mirror does indeed evoke Russells intimate home recordings compiled on the posthumous Calling Out Of Context. So much private press music comes off as the result of some sort of vanity -- private press is often nothing more than code for vanity press. Hearing Travelers Advisory, one is struck by the vivid image of an artist who is full of ideas and learning how to express them as he goes along out of a sense of necessity. Young is the receiver and transmitter of strange ideas drifting in the ether, and renders them quite understandable to any open-minded listener." -Drag City

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