I Love My Organ

Tom Recchion

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I Love My Organ Review

by Stanton Swihart

I Love My Organ is such a sweet, innocuous little title for an album so eerie, off-the-wall delightful. Maybe I Love My Organ, Earthlings would have come somewhat closer to capturing the peculiar otherworldly inventiveness of the mostly one-man improvisational pieces -- yes, most of them are indeed centered on the instrument of the title -- on this solo outing by the avant-garde composer, artist/graphic designer, and L.A. Free Music Society alumnus, something of an unofficial sequel to his variations-on-Esquivel record, Chaotica. The tonal range of the tracks is really rather electrifying. A list of song dedicatees herein -- Terry Riley, Ferrante & Teicher, William Basinski, Steve Thomsen, Jad Fair, Brian Eno, Creed Taylor, and Kenyon Hopkins, a veritable who's who of out-there sound-construction auteurs across several genres and decades -- gives you some idea at the outset from what angles Tom Recchion approaches the canvas of his music. But even that inventory is just barely a skeletal outline for what is occurring in these pieces, all but one (the David Toop collaboration "I Just Stood There...") originally conceived and recorded in the late '80s, several of them completely free of overdubs, performed without a net, as it were. Scanning the titles might help to put you somewhere in the vicinity of the sonic atmospheres in which the songs exist, but those are similarly inadequate as anything other than markers, and trying to summarize what the individual compositions sound like is pure folly. Certain stylistic fundamentals are identifiable -- lopsided synth doodles and dirges, micro-cellular ambient music, chirpy low-tech loop electronica, space-age exotica and lounge, ping pang pong-ing percussion LPs, musique concrète, B-grade Cold War sci-fi, "The Addams Family Theme" -- but they merely create the groundwork from which this inscrutable, wonder-filled album lifts off.

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