Jim Carroll

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Tune of the Week – “This Summer Night”

You dancing? I’ve been on a bit of a Robert Wyatt trip this week. Domino have just reissued a ton of his albums and I’ve been getting re-acquainted with albums like “Rock Bottom”, “Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard”, “Nothing Can …

Thu, Nov 13, 2008, 13:34

   

You dancing?

I’ve been on a bit of a Robert Wyatt trip this week. Domino have just reissued a ton of his albums and I’ve been getting re-acquainted with albums like “Rock Bottom”, “Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard”, “Nothing Can Stop Us” and especially “Shleep” which I haven’t listened to in an age. Man, I’d forgotten how good that “Shleep” album was.

Such a huge reissue campaign is hugely welcome because it will only help to get more people interested in Wyatt, the original art-rock maverick. Here’s someone who didn’t give two figs about commercial success. Instead, he concentrated on producing music which was always heartfelt, instinctive, often beautiful and always daring, all topped with that gloriously sad and pure voice of his. Listening to the albums again remind you of just how powerful and uplifting an experience it can be to encounter a musician who remains steadfast in his beliefs.

Then, there’s “This Summer Night”, where Wyatt does disco. A collaboration with French composer Bertrand Burgalat, it’s a dream of a tune, soaring away to the skies on a trail of pastoral bliss. You’ll find it on Burgalat’s current album “Cheri B.B.” album and it has also been released as a single by Domino complete with a smashing Hot Chip remix. The more you hear it, the more you dig it.

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