CRAIG LEON - "ANTHOLOGY OF INTERPLANETARY FOLK MUSIC VOL. 2" LP
Now here’s a cut from deep within the racks for all you heads out there.
Craig Leon isn’t necessarily a name everyone’s going to recognise but there isn’t a chance you haven’t somehow touched upon his work at some point.
One of punk and new wave’s most influential personalities, A&R man for Sire and producers his illustrious credits include The Ramone’s and Blondies self-titled debuts, Richard Hell’s ‘Blank Generation’ EP, signing Talking Heads, working with everyone from Lee Scratch Perry to the Fall and one of his finest achievements – the incredible production on Suicide’s untouchable debut (PS. that ain’t a space echo).
His first two solo LPs languished in obscurity for years until a rights dispute and subsequent reissue caused Leon to revisit and revise his old work resulting in this years ‘The Canon – Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2’.
Though his work bares more resemblance to that of Hassell and Eno as opposed to his work with Vega and Rev don’t let all those fourth world concepts fool you – this is ambient music infused and informed with the spirit of NYC’s thriving scene in the late 70s/early 80s.
Rhythm, harmonics and feedback take precedence over form and melody resulting in a transcendental, disorientating, meditative mix that sets Leon apart from his peers.
It’s a truly masterful visionary who can pick up where they left off thirty years later and produce work of this quality.
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