Boomkat Product Review:
Recently unearthed Peter Gordon & David Van Tieghem collaboration from 1978, featuring vocals from special guest Kathy Acker (author of post-modern classic Blood & Guts In High School).
"Fresh on the heels of Peter Gordon’s recent album with Tim Burgess, the legendary New York composer and producer has unearthed two gems from his archive: his first ever sessions with his Love of Life Orchestra partner, and fellow Arthur Russell collaborator, David Van Tieghem, dating from 1978.
Peter Gordon and David Van Tieghem’s first record – Love of Life Orchestra’s Extended Niceties – provided a fresh perspective on dance music when it was first released in 1979. More recently, it has had an ongoing presence on playlists around the world, influencing artists such as LCD Soundsystem, Blood Orange and others.
WINTER SUMMER - never before released – is the immediate precursor to the Love of Life Orchestra sessions and, like the aforementioned, sounds remarkably fresh. Gordon and Van Tieghem play all of the instruments and electronics, overdubbing on a 1” 8-track recorder in a small studio in a colonial era farmhouse 6 hours north of New York City. The result is intimate and vulnerable, yet ice cold and edgy.
“Winter," a cold-wave, proto-techno track, features a rare vocal appearance by the late Kathy Acker, author of the post-modern classic Blood and Guts in High School.
"Summer,” in contrast, is a lyrical and romantic instrumental. With Van Tieghem's drumming laying down the bedrock, the acoustic piano and varispeeded marimba take turns drifting in and out of the foreground.
The artwork for WINTER SUMMER features original, newly-created drawings by Laurie Anderson, Gordon’s longtime friend and collaborator."