Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun

by Ben LaMar Gay

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Tim Mee The bass on ‘18 Hairdressers...’ is a thing of weird beauty! Favorite track: Music For 18 Hairdressers: Braids & Fractals.
Michael Mueller
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Michael Mueller If Captain Beefheart had imbibed the spirit of Miles Davis and then decided to make an album celebrating the soul of Latin America, something like this might’ve been the result.

The genre-defying variety here is astonishing, as is the quality of the song craft and performance. It really shouldn’t hang together as well as it does - especially give its 7 year gestation - but it does.

This album is as unique as they come. Jazz from the outer rim. Sun Ra would surely approve.
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"Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun" is as much a 'greatest hits' as it is a 'debut album' for Ben LaMar Gay. It's a collection of music composed, performed & produced by the anomalous Southside Chicago-born, sometimes Brazil-residing artist, compiled from 7 albums he made over the last 7 years but never made the effort to actually release.

With its title taken from the mantra Ben repeats across several tracks on "Grapes" (1 of the 7 aforementioned albums), "Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun" is our effort to channel the rainbow of sonic expressions, art & poetry beaming from the ark of his unreleased catalogue into a cohesive & communicable compilation. It's as good of an introduction to Ben LaMar Gay as we could fit onto a single LP. To call it "eclectic" would only scratch the surface. This music is everything.

credits

released May 4, 2018

Compiled & Sequenced by Scott McNiece & Ben LaMar Gay.

Mastered by David Allen.

Cover Art & Photos by Maren Celest.

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The IARC mission is to make positive contributions to the changing state of the music industry, and to vitalize the demand for boundary-defying music by presenting unique sounds in appealing packages to untapped audiences.
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