Monday, January 11, 2010

Laurie Anderson - Big Science (1982)

The debut album by Laurie Anderson, an experimental / avant-garde musician from New York, someone I'd known and read about for a long time but never actually listened to until recently. Interestingly enough, she married Lou Reed in 2008.
This album features a lot of experimental electronic music that in minimalistic in nature with lots of spoken word excerpts mixed with vocoderized vocals. Features the 8 minute centerpiece 'O Superman', a pseudo loop-based track about technology, the comforts of Mom and Dad and attacks by American planes. Lots of dark undertones in the themes that repeat themselves throughout this album that work perfectly within the context of the cold electronic instrumentals.

DOWNLOAD: Laurie Anderson - 'Big Science'

1 comment:

  1. I don't know if it's downloadable but Anderson's "opera" Big Science deserves a listen, as does The Ugly One with the Jewels, a collection of her loopy stories, with minimal instrumental accompaniment.