The much-beloved Light in the Attic Records is releasing something a little atypical to what they normally do, genre-wise. New age music is a little unsettling as many seem to have a bad connotation with the term – elevator music, that dreadful music you may hear while you’re getting a back massage… muzak, basically. Artists, in recent years, are beginning to reclaim this term (White Rainbow and Windy & Carl come to mind) and make wonderful music to slay the generic tunes you hear in those common places. One full track off of this compilation, Laraaji’s “Unicorns in Paradise,” (doesn’t get more new age than that) is linked below via the YouTube video for your listening/viewing pleasure. The rest of the tracks are available for preview on the Light in the Attic website. Generally, in modern terms, these songs can also be classified as ambient or neo-classical to some extent. Give them all a gander and see what you think of them. Cheers!

The Details

V/A – I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age Music In America 1950-1990
LITA 107 (2xCD | 3xLP Box Set | Digital)
Available: October 29, 2013

Forget everything you know, or think you know about new age. Our latest release, I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age Music In America 1950-1990 is the first major anthology to survey the golden age of new age music and reveal the truth about this misunderstood genre.

For new age, at its best, is a reverberation of psychedelic music, and great by any standard. This is analog, handmade music communicating soul and spirit, often done on limited means and without commercial potential, self-published and self-distributed. Before it became big business and devolved into the spaced out elevator music we know and loathe today, this was the real thing.

From mathematical musical algorithms to airport murder mysteries to Henry Mancini and Bugs Bunny, the connections to mainstream culture run in curious directions. (Did you know, for instance, that a track from the first modern private press new age album is featured on the Blade Runner soundtrack? It’s called “Pompeii, 76 A.D.”, and we’ve got it here.)

I Am The Center is a knowing, but never cynical overview that invites listeners at last to the mainspring of a misunderstood genre’s greatest lights. Many of the biggest names are present — Iasos, inter-dimentional channeler of “paradise music”; Laraaji, discovered by Brian Eno playing for spare change in Washington Square Park; and the recently famous JD Emmanuel, icon to a new generation of drone, ambient, noise musicians. Call it what you will — before it was anything else, it was new age.

Lovingly conceived and lavishly presented, I Am The Center features stunning paintings by the legendary visual artist Gilbert Williams, and liner notes by producer Douglas Mcgowan, who weaves the words and images of the wizards and sorceresses of new age into a prismatic portrait of music that can finally be recognized for what it is: great American folk art.

2xCD housed in deluxe tip-on gatefold jacket with 44-page book
3xLP housed in slip case w/ 3 tip-on jackets, 20-page book, and download card
Both formats with notes by Douglas Mcgowan featuring interviews with artists and includes rare archive photos.
Artwork by Gilbert Williams and Janaia Donaldson.
2 unreleased tracks, 7 others previously only on cassette
Vinyl cut by John Golden. Pressed at RTI.
Remastered from original sources at 24 bit/ 96 kHz
ON-LINE ONLY (& SUBSCRIBERS): First 150 pre-orders get limited pressing on CLEAR wax! Don’t sleep! (LIMIT ONE PER CUSTOMER)

Price $33

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