Boomkat Product Review:
Epic, rare disco/new wave wonk from NYC Downtown mainstay Mark Freedman, with Arthur Russell on cello! Historical, effortlessly weird and delightfully funky.
Freedman was a key component of the Downtown scene, heading up the Battery Sound studios where Arthur Russell worked on some of his most classic material, including "World Of Echo". Working under the Powerman alias, Freedman used a synth pop and disco framework to map out a slippery vision of early 1980s NYC, with off-kilter drum machine loops, deadpan vocals and of course, Russell's unmistakable cello.
Thirteen-minute epic 'Lost Tribe' is the go-to here, but noisy new wave jammer 'Love Whisperings' is a jaw-dropper, with its scraping oddball synth blurts and singalong vocals. Extended closer 'Loving Was Easy' is worth a peep too, all naked machine funk and robot romance. Well good.