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Mad Music, Inc.

February 19, 2012

mad music, inc – st (self-released lp, 1977) album

This is a weird one, and I feel like I’m out of my depth in a good way… here goes. Not much is known about the single lp released as “Mad Music, Inc.” in 1977. The cover and labels contain nothing more than the name, a Michaelangelo-inspired painting and the character below. With nothing else to go on, all that remains is what’s most important: the music.

The album contains moods and textures rather than songs, and both side A and B are set up as a sort of continuous suite. The mood is mellow and introspective, mostly instrumental and well-suited to laying down in the dark. Whomever is behind “Mad Music, Inc.”¬† managed to combine strains from world music, early ambient recordings and spiritual jazz into something unique. At times the music seems to drift into New Age or Soundtrack-territory, but there’s always something unexpected around the corner.

Many a recent day has ended with a quiet spin of this record, and it always manages to balance me out. I hope it’ll do the same for you.

edit oct 2012: link removed because this has been reissued by Yoga Records / Drag City

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Horst Tappert permalink
    March 1, 2012 9:34 pm

    My cup of tea!

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