compilation: light DEAD SEA, volume one

met robert from sore eros in my travels to austin last week, and dude has quite the story. the artists he’s recorded with range from panda bear to adam green (at times, together), he served in ariel pink’s first touring band incarnation, and used to live in l.a. and be involved in the damaged art pop scene out there. he gave me a copy of an apparently very rare comp he made but never circulated in 2004, featuring an all-star rotating cast going under various pseudonyms, many of which have come full bloom since.

our favorites are gold digger (ariel pink & gary war)’s “liquid sun,” a damaged recording at some points messy but with a chorus huge enough that i’m reminded of the original “round and round” demo, and kurt vile’s sentimental instrumental “black hand squeezing,” which shows a synthesized version of kurt i haven’t seen before:

gold digger – liquid sun

kurt vile – black hand squeezing


light dead sea, volume one:

01. Gary War – just before birth
02. Gold Digger – Liquid Sun (ariel pink, gary war)
03. Part Wak – oil punk (gary war, zeus (from andy & zeus))
04. Sore Eros – pre-dawn free
05. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Omen
06. Chas. Mtn. – Wheels Of Space (gary war, nick branagan, zeus)
07. Whet Sun – Wew Who (sore eros, gary war)
08. Rdills – gypsy something
09. Kurt Vile – black hand squeezing
10. Gold Digger – destined for greatness (ariel pink, gary war)
11. Party Girls – fiesta policia (adam from sore eros’ high school band)
12. Chas. Mtn. – Deep Safety (gary war, nick branagan, zeus)
13. Roddmagog – jardin (gary war solo acoustic)
14. Sore Eros – under her petal free
15. Gary War – standards of boredom
16. Vim – sunshine timeline (gary war, zeus)
17. Part Wak – light her on fire (gary war, zeus)
18. That Hideous Strength – dej guaw (gary war + hank hawk)
19. Sore Eros – jewel of dew

download the full compilation here.

thx robert!

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