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Laraaji / Cosmic Tape Experiments
Album:Cosmic Tape Experiments Collection:General
Artist:Laraaji Added:Nov 2013
Label:Mount Analog 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2013-11-28 Pull Date:2014-02-07 Charts:Classical/Experimental
Week Ending:Dec 15Dec 8Dec 1

 Recent Airplay
1.Mar 28, 2015:[press enter to exit]
Unicorns In Paradise (1981)
4.Dec 11, 2013:Brownian Motion
Unicorns In Paradise (1981)
2.Jun 04, 2014:Minimum Entropy - In Memoriam Mister
Unicorns In Paradise (1981)
5.Dec 11, 2013:late night dryer (meow after midnight sub)
I Am Sky (1985)
3.Dec 13, 2013:Aporeia recap of crazy a.d. 2013
Unicorns In Paradise (1981)
6.Dec 05, 2013:The Sunset Life
Sol (1987)

Album Review
Your Imaginary Friend
Reviewed 2013-11-26 
Cassette only recordings spanning 1979-87. Autoharp street player who was found playing in Washington Square by Eno and appeared on Ambient 3: On Land. Compiled chronologically, theres a lot of variation over the years, even within single tracks, but most, especially the earlier works, involve the autoharp/zither type sound, beautifully treated, along with some tribal rhythms and an almost world feel. But low-fi 4 track tape permeates all. Super cool stuff.

1) (8:55) percussive, almost tribal worldy, with autoharp, funky, can hear the NYC/no wave tribalism of the late 70’s here, but overall spacey with a beautiful use of slow flange/phase shift in its mostly ambience
2) (11:26) basically drop dead gorgeous ambient, ends w/ a voice sample of metaphysical proselytizing
3) (2:22) spacey harp-like ambience
4) (6:26) upbeat pop song, ideas strung together, cheesy by todays context but also really freaky deaky play while stoned stuff, metaphysics appear
5) (9:50) effect laden zither, super trippy and cool, borders on indulgent efx use
6) (6:05) less treated zither, hypnotic and lovely
7) (3:56) 1987 brings higher quality, more polished “songlike” character that evaporates quickly to sound collage
8) (4:06) synthesizer piano, solo jame, almost proggy

Track Listing
1.Lotus Collage (1979) 5.Sun Zither(1984)
2.Unicorns In Paradise (1981) 6.I Am Sky (1985)
3.I Am Ocean(1981) 7.Sol (1987)
4.Vision Song Suite (1984) 8.Eternity Or Bust (1987)