Calm Clam EP

by CJ Mirra

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    Side A
    YOUNG MACAW
    PRIMARY CASCADE
    RGB FLOWERS

    Side B
    CALM CLAM
    SOFT CANDLES
    R U ROMANTIC?

    Night light UV scar overglow
    Old hard-drive morning raids
    Broken narrative reconstruction
    Inter-city finds: NYC BRC LDN NTM
    Field and thought and no thought
    Never dance / dance / calm clam beats
    Guttering candle-lit studio hours
    Painted stories for the future
    Buried treasure on the internet


    WE NEED YOUR HELP TO FIND THE IDENTITY OF THIS JAZZ MUSICIAN
    We are trying to find the identity of the busker whose incredible story you can hear on ‘R U Romantic?’
    I captured it on a platform somewhere in the New York Subway in Oct 2011 using a little handheld stereo mic and minidisk recorder. He was playing his saxophone when I got onto the platform and I sat down on a nearby bench waiting for the train. My covert recording setup was rolling and I sat and listened. He stopped and came over and sat to my right on the bench. We shared a polite ’hi’. A woman arrived and sat on my left and they struck up a conversation. I was still recording as he tells his life story as a jazz musician growing up in the 50’s and meeting Elvis Presley, Jackie Wilson, going to Berklee in Boston, playing with Donnie Hathaway, Santana and Albert King. He says his name at the end but the incoming train was so loud I didn’t catch it (even after listening to it hundreds of times now) and the mic was up my sleeve and pointing away from them both, which is why it’s hard to hear everything they are saying.
    Any idea who the busker is? Do you recognise his voice? Do you recognise any part of his story? Please email colour8records@gmail.com

    Thanks to Joe Hardy (EGB7), Badi Donoval, Ronika, Colour8
    Mastered by Pete Fletcher
    Artwork by CJ Mirra
    Photos by G KOKO and CJ MIRRA
    (c) 2017

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The final two tracks in a series of early CJ Mirra experiments, title track "Calm Clam" is an enticingly weird, crushingly bass-heavy original beat trip. Written for a Colour8 midnight beach party in Barcelona this is the final of Colour8 founders contribution to the label’s Murmuration series. It is accompanied by "R U Romantic?" a conversation recorded on the New York subway, captured on a minidisk recorder by CJ Mirra.

He explains, “I had my mic in my sleeve, capturing the sounds of the subway and this sax player stops playing just as I sit on a bench on the platform. He sits next to me on my right just as a woman sits next to me on my left. I’m still recording. They had this amazing conversation across me where he talks about his life, meeting Elvis Presley, playing with Carlos Santana and all these crazy interesting anecdotes. The exchange builds up to this magical point where they discuss the ‘romance’ in his playing and he asks her “Are you Romantic?” and she says “No but...you just guide us there”. I wrote a little piece to soundtrack it. Sadly the train comes along just as he says his name and the recording is all distorted so I still can’t make it out. If anyone knows who he is please let me know - I’ve been searching for years.”

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released December 15, 2016

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