RELEASE
1986
LABEL
Nonesuch
GENRES
Avant-Garde, Minimalism, Experimental Rock, Modern Composition, Alternative/Indie Rock

Album Review

"Remember that guy...John Somebody?...He was a...sort of a b'..." asks the repeating master tape loop of a woman's voice, as other smaller loops join in, and then pop jazz instrumental figures imitate the rhythm and add funky melodies and cross-rhythms (built on the smaller samples of the loop) in accumulating levels which suddenly break and start again with interpretations of the loops. We find ourselves tapping our feet and wanting to dance. An original and appealing album where Johnson clearly demonstrates for his listeners the relation between ordinary speech and musical rhythms. Speech in this case also includes the laughter of "Involuntary Songs." "No Memory" is also built on this speech sampling idea but is more complex in its modulation of both the loop sounds and the layering of the more chromatic instrumental phrases.
"Blue" Gene Tyranny, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Part I
  2. Part 2
  3. Part 3-Involuntary Songs
  4. Reprise
  5. No Memory