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I always want to write something quite special about my friend, Baton Rouge's Museumgoer and each time there is a new release, any words I could conjure are overmatched by the music. And it's kind of lovely and lazy at once for me to leave the words, which are never found on the Museumgoer's tracks to the Museumgoer. I will say in my defence, each release is entirely coherent and 22 no less so, ever more so, akin to a Southern Money Mark; highlights and peaks are drawn partially and vividly in sound in a Baton Rouge laundry room or wherever these sounds that become melodies emanate from. I always imagine it's some part of the house at night, while everyone is sleeping. I am so often, so wrong though.
Here's Museumgoer's Track by Track
The first night I had this synth, I feverishly twisted knobs and plugged in patches until the wee hours. I had to let this bird fly around in my head a couple of days before I could trap it in the studio.
The Liquor of Being
This title was lifted from Cormac McCarthy's THE PASSENGER and STELLA MARIS. I don't remember the context, but thinking "this would make a good Museumgoer title." and then the old man died. That's punctuation!
Real Gamblers Play the Hands They're Dealt
One day, I will have an easy listening lounge music band that will play this kind of 70s Italian B-movie pseudo-bossa-nova at a motel bar every Wednesday and I will be so happy.
Welcome to Our M-Class Planet
In Star Trek, planets suitable for human life are called "M-Class planets." I quit obsessively watching Star Trek, but put it on recently and they welcomed me to beam right back in.
Awash in the din of insects in my uncle's cornfield, I thought "this would be a perfect place to do yoga*. and assumed the tree pose. When I looked up, there was a concerned deer paused ahead of me, wondering what I was doing.
Acquire Museumgoer 22 here
* Readers of these and other Museumgoer liner notes might think I am some kind of yoga fanatic. In full disclosure, I have not done yoga since the Y quit offering it, as covered in Museumgoer 21.
released October 5, 2023
Alex V, Cook: Moog Mother-32, acoustic guitar, Hammond M103 organ, Rhodes piano, electric guitar, synthesizers, glockenspiel, mandolin, percussion, Univox drum machine, accordion
Photo: soundwave/curtains, but the Instagram algorithm suggested the "Charlie Brown" Christmas song to go with it