World of Echo (Bonus Tracks)

World of Echo by Arthur Russell
Released: Mar 1986
Label: Audika Records
Many of these compositions -- "Wax the Van," "Treehouse" and "Let's Go Swimming," to name a few -- lived alternate lives as cutting-edge plates for the dancefloor. But for World of Echo, which is a singer-songwriter affair more than anything else, Russell re-imagined them using voice, cello, hand percussion and echo. The end result is an intensely prescient batch of dubby, minimalist electro-pop that sounds like the bridge between One World-era John Martyn and the rise of 1990s electronica and post-rock. Be careful -- this sublime record has a way of turning listeners into fanatics.
Justin Farrar
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