The Stars are a Harem album is out now via Sê-lo Net Label.
This one is a bit out there. In a good way! A melding of jazz and avant-pop, ‘Stars are a Harem’ is the latest track to be released from Micah Gaugh. Sitting somewhere between free form jazz and the classic pop structure, the track offers the excellent carrot and stick of challenge and accessibility. Discordance and melody are pushed together to create a unique and fascinating entity.
Micah Gaugh is an intriguing chap. Born in Panama, he grew up in the East Village in New York. He came up with the term ‘avant-pop’ in 1994 and defined it as an attempt to create music that is akin to pop music, but with a complex approach to chords, rhythms, and words.
The list of people he has worked with is, frankly, astonishing. Deep breath: Lady Miss Kier of Dee-lite, John Zorn, Cecil Taylor, Bootsy Collins, Meshell Ndegeocello, Burnt Sugar, DJ Logic, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Lauryn Hill of The Fugees, The Roots, DJ Spooky, and Vernon Reid of Living Colour.
Meanwhile he also participated in remixes by James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins and A Perfect Circle for The Sounds, Ladytron, and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Finally, he was also a member of the pioneering alternative rock band Apollo Heights, who now go by the name The Vedlt. Phew.
“This is an inside/outside sound of dissidence or even rebellion, in its soft and inviting beauty, the power of love overcoming the love of power,” says Micah Gaugh.
Order Stars are a Harem via Bandcamp.
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