Admittedly, I wasn’t really aware of Arthur Russell’s existence until last year – I had just seen his name here and there. I first came across his name (in a full capacity) while I was looking through one of FACT Magazine’s “Best of x” lists and this list happened to be the Top 100 albums of the 1980s. World of Echo was number one on the list. Russell died back in 1992 due to AIDS and interestingly enough, even though you can go on Spotify and find plenty of albums under Russell’s name, World of Echo was the only one to be released while he was alive and that was back in 1986. When he died, he was still obscure and broke. Since then, his unrecorded material has been released sporadically. I think FACT is totally right when they write that nothing else sounds like World of Echo – if they’re wrong, let me know.

World of Echo is something better listened to than read about – Russell’s application of cello is strange and, forgive the expression, almost unheard of. This record will dodge any genre classification you try to throw at it. As the name of the record implies, there’s plenty of echo on this – the way reverb is applied to Russell’s voice is somewhat harrowing. World of Echo will leave an impression on you, whether you like it or not, and you’ll hear where many artists today took queues from. Check out World of Echo below via the Spotify player and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

A remastered and revised artwork edition of the extraordinary World Of Echo album from New York avant-garde cellist, songwriter, composer, and disco visionary ARTHUR RUSSELL. Originally released in 1986, the album is a deeply meditative and seductive work of awe-inspiring beauty, grace, and passion, performed with just cello, voice, and echoes. Eighteen tracks remastered from Russell’s original 1/4-inch sequenced masters, including drumless versions of his disco classics “Let’s Go Swimming,” “Tree House,” and “Wax The Van,” along with four previously unreleased songs from Sketches From World Of Echo.

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