“As the age of television progresses the Reagans will be the rule, not the exception. To be perfect for television is all a President has to be these days.”
“As the age of television progresses the Reagans will be the rule, not the exception. To be perfect for television is all a President has to be these days.” So said Gore Vidal. I guess Trump is an extension of that. But back to Gore Vidal, an American writer with a patrician (for which read snooty) style but a definite way with words who died five years ago.
Gore Vidal is also a track from Solid Doctor’s How About Some More Ether release. Solid Doctor is, of course, Steve Cobby, who is having a definite renaissance these days, after his time in Fila Brazillia in the 90s. This release is a remastering of 1995’s How About Some Ether, itself a compilation of tracks from 1993-1995. This release goes further than remastering, much, much further. An uncovered treasure trove of unreleased tracks has resulted in six (yes, 6) CDs worth of material as part of this limited edition release. Worth every penny of the £25 it costs.
As to the mass of material, Steve explains “To celebrate the 21st anniversary of How About Some Ether I had initially intended to just remaster the original tunes. In order to locate them a trawl through an inordinate amount of DAT tapes was in order. My labelling skills have never been above mediocre and so it proved to be a laborious task. It was whilst performing this search that I discovered a substantial amount of unreleased work. Not having listened to it for the better part of two decades I was surprised by how many songs had stood the test of time. With this in mind I decided to include much of the new trove in the form of bonus discs.” And so you have it.
Steve had released some of these additional track to soundcloud, for which they gathered a terrifically positive response, not least from me. The package is slightly overwhelming when faced with the whole four hours and more. But for a 30 minute chill you can’t do better than sit back and relax with some of this. Everything’s so unhurried, so beautifully paced, so completely realised. Effortless, weightless, wondrous downtempo electronica. As Gore says “shining nothingness which is the most desirable state of all.”