Experimental Philadelphia composer Joshua Stamper has spent this summer gradually rolling out a righter rain will fall, a collection of imaginative remixes of his April release the skin, the sea and the sound. Already we’ve heard a vibrant surrealist tapestry on Lushlife’s interpretation of “O Glowing Hunter, O Lover of Beats,” and an alluring spin on “etching sticks click ice brick thick” by Papertwin, which takes a focused and alluring electronic approach, reminiscent of late 90s acts Orbital and Pan Sonic.
The latest to tackle Stamper’s work is Anthony LaMarca, a multi-instrumentalist who has drummed for St. Vincent and Dean and Britta, played keys and guitar in War on Drugs and founded the label Primary Records. His take on Stamper’s music is different still from the others we’ve heard so far. While the other remixes we’ve heard have leaned decidedly modern, LaMarca’s remix of “A Better TelescopE” feels like something more classic: part showtune torch song, part orchestral jazz, part meditative soundtrack, all filtered through a psychedelic prism. It’s beautiful, elegant and definitely otherworldly. Listen below, check out more of LaMarca’s work at his Bandcamp page and read more about Stamper’s remix project here.
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