July 6, 2016

Harry Case - In A Mood, 1989


An untouchable album from outsider American guitarist Harry Case. Clever drum machine programming and synth lines, effortless smooth jazz guitar, and a breezy, new age sensibility. Each song is uniquely crafted, hitting a funky hotel lobby samba on "Midnight Samba" and classical guitar/synth reggae on the album's moody title track. "Chasing The Goon" and "Jam (At Your Party)" are high tempo party tracks where Case's jazz guitar and drumming are in full force. The percussive new age-y "Native Drums" is reminiscent of Wally Badarou's Echoes.

“Carry Me Home” (lyrics and song below) simultaneously gives me the chills and makes me smile, as it feels like the most positive song ever written. Just wish it were a bit longer..

I see the way to carry me home 
I see the way to home
Sometimes I am lost in sin I can’t find the power deep with me.
(I see the way to home)
I raise my voice up to the sky and things get better by and by.
(I see the way to home)
Don’t you know that I 
I see the way to carry me home 
I see the way to home
So don’t give up if you feel pain cause nothing ever stays the same
(I see the way to home)
If you think things are at an end, just turn around and start again.

I hope this album will be on lifelong rotation for you and yours. Many thanks to Contain Yr Brain for the tip. A perfect 10!


5 comments:

  1. Jen, any chance that you have hiroyuki namba's record? thanks!!

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  2. hi micaela! i have a few of his..which are you looking for? ~b

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  3. Hi Brian! Great! I was looking for the 1982 (japanese name) one (https://goo.gl/xZrHv9) or Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie (1985) Do you have those by any chance? You'll have a grapic designer in debt with you :)

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  4. You got it I have both! What email should I send to?

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  5. Awesome. ilapso@gmail.com ������ thanks! owe you one . (actually many more because this blog is my daily soundscape). Take care !

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