Boomkat Product Review:
Music From Memory present a gorgeous, spiked, fuzzy peach of a compilation focused on the unsung downtown NYC dude whose only solo album inspired the label's moniker. Drawn from a handful of rare cassettes and the aforementioned LP, 'I Was Crossing A Bridge' fathoms oceanic, phasing string drifts alongside pulsing minimal drum computer workouts, avant-garde sound poems and unplaceable cinematic synth scenes; framing a widescreen sonic vision that was richly and inevitably informed by its proximity to the locus of punk, jazz and experimental music circa 1983-1985. During this period he worked with luminary musicians such as Rashied Ali, Byard Lancaster, Peter Zummo and Yousef Yancey, and participated in a range of performances - from spoken word to punk shows at CBGB's and The Mudd Club. And, in the best sense, he transmuted all that experience into a idiosyncratic sound perhaps best considered in terms of No wave's anything goes aesthetic yet guided by a meditative sensibility clear to hear in the shimmering zither flock of 'Deep Felt Music' or the melancholy synth inquisition, 'Inferno - Part 3', whilst the ruddy boogie groove of 'I'm At That Party Right Now' and the corkscrewing electro-funk swerve of 'Cross-Court (Get It)' prove he was anything but po-faced. Fans of Arthur Russell or K. Leimer's more experimental works are bound to fall hard for this set - a huge recommendation!