What’s On My Phone? (Part 4) [Documenting the Aun Music Collection #5]

Two more recordings to discuss today: one is a unique electronic album by a unique artist and the other is more accessible but equally impressive recording by two revered indie artists.

Muslimgauze — Ayatollah Dollar (2020)

Yet another random suggestion on Bandcamp and up until a minute ago, I believed this to be a relatively new artist. Unfortunately, the artist behind Muslimgauze (Bryn Jones) passed away as a result of a rare fungal infection in his bloodsteam in 1999. Bryn left behind a treasure trove of unreleased music that continues to get released.

Ayatollah Dollar is one of my favorite albums by Muslimgauze — at least out of the five I listened to from Bandcamp. Combining dub, drone, ambient, industrial, and other genres, it simultaneously sounds like a throwback to the late 80s and a futuristic album yet to be released.

Life being cut short at age 37 hits close to home — I’m 37 myself. At least a worthy legacy was left behind. At 5 euros, this album is worth it. Pick it up on Bandcamp: https://muslimgauze.bandcamp.com/album/ayatollah-dollar

A.C. Newman with Neko Case — The Hudson River Sessions

This isn’t an official release, but I did separate the tracks out to make my own copy of it. The original recording is on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCJs2gtyjsk

A.C. Newman and Neko Case are best known for collaborating in The New Pornographers. Both have quite impressive solo careers too, at least with consistent quality of releases and notoriety in the indie rock community. This intimate, minimalist recording of four tracks demonstrates exactly why: their vocals complement each other well, and A.C. Newman has a knack for producing his refined version of indie rock/pop.

Definitely check this recording out!

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