• mike cooper Reluctant Swimmer / Virtual Surfer (LP, £13.75)

    label: Discrepant

    The 'icon of post-everything', Mike Cooper, returns to Discrepant with a recording of a live set recorded at the Controindicazioni Festival of Improvised Music in Rome in 2003 .The music moves very slowly through four movements: ‘’Reluctant Swimmer’’, ‘’Movies is Magic’’, Virtual Swimmer’’ and ‘’Dolphins’’. 'Floating in out of the exotic ether and disappearing like smoke, engulfed in the alien hugeness of nature... a very elegant set by a visionary artist.' Mike Cooper says 'the first half is played on my old 1920s National tri-plate lap-steel guitar and the second half on my Vietnamese electric lap steel. I also sing two songs along the way. ‘’Movies is Magic’’ by Van Dyke Parks and “Dolphins” by Fred Neil. It was the first time I had ever sung the last song.' Tracklisting A:Reluctant Swimmer / Movies is Magic B:Virtual Surfer / Dolphins

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