We are very pleased to be premiering Harper Simon’s art collective ‘Meditations On Crime’ new release ‘Nagual’ featuring Geneva Jacuzzi. The track is taken from the full length album set for release on the 23rd of September 2022 via AntiFragile Music. Artwork for the single comes from celebrated ‘pop’ artist, Nate Lowman.
Rising out of the turbulence of the 2016 Presidential Election year and combining with events in the UK and Europe. ‘Meditations On Crime’ sees Simon’s initial ideas around crime, politics and simply wanting to make art with the people he admires combining with several collaborative ideas, including the pop culture obsession with true crime, the incredible legacy of murder ballads and political protest songs.
Simon reflects on the creative process, saying:
“I came up with the riff on the Wurlitzer and overdubbed it onto a Rhythm King drum machine. It seemed kind of tough and I liked it. Geneva wrote the melody and we came up with the lyrics together. A Nagual is a folkloric term that’s sometimes associated with the debunked mystical writer Carlos Castaneda, and I liked the idea of incorporating this into the character that Geneva inhabits with this sleazy Krautrock backing track. Ariel Pink was in the studio and put down a low harmony on the chorus, but when I muted Geneva, it made for a very unusual sounding melody, so I decided to keep it like that.”
A wandering bass line and excited percussion mix with the moody vocals dripping with attitude. There is a lethargic hazy feel to the mix which almost hypnotises you and that bass line will stay with you for a long time.
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The full extent of the music, visual arts, literature and film who’s who, working to illuminate Simon’s initial ideas around crime, politics and simply wanting to make art with the people he admires, was finally revealed at the start of August.
Check out the trailer, below:
With full-colour reproductions of new and handpicked artwork spanning drawing, photography and collage, the 350+ page Meditations on Crime art book welcomes renowned artists Tracey Emin, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Anderson, Mark Flood, Jessica Craig-Martin, Julian Schnabel and Gibb Slife to the fold. Raymond Pettibon, famed for iconic album covers for Sonic Youth and Black Flag, also features prominently in the book, as well as providing original artwork for the album cover in a new portrait of his favourite author, John Dillinger.
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