Saturday, 29 May 2010

Benjamin Lew Men With Coats Thrashing

Benjamin Lew Men With Coats Thrashing Snippet

I have just come across Benjamin Lew's take on Malc's poem Men With Coats Thrashing.

Here is a blurb from the Crammed Record site about Lew:

An enlightened amateur -in the noble and almost Renaissance-like sense of the word- Benjamin Lew dabbles with equal grace in photography, writing, visual arts ... he worked part-time as a cocktail mixer in a tropical bar which was one of the favourite watering holes of Brussels' thriving artistic community of the early '80s. Tuxedomoon had just moved to Brussels, and Steven Brown was among the many musicians, designers & artists who patronized the bar. Benjamin had a secret passion: he wasn't a musician, but had acquired a small analog synthesizer, with which he had started creating these strange mysterious little pieces. Benjamin played them to Steven and asked him if he'd agree to record with him. Steven was taken with them and accepted. Benjamin and Steven's bar-room conversation led to a fully-fledged album, largely created in the studio by both protagonists with the help of Gilles Martin and myself in the spring of '82, and entitled Douzième Journée (a reference to anthropologist Marcel Griaule and his famous study of the Dogon people of Mali). Benjamin had a unique talent for creating evocative and poetic atmospheres. Listening to his albums (he went on to record three more with Crammed) is like embarking on a dream journey to the Sahara or the Far East. You'd think that some of the pieces feature non-European musicians or samples but: no... this is just Benjamin's imagination, his old synth and his friends...

You can download the full track or the whole CD from Crammed Records

You can find out more about Benjamin Lew's music at his My Space page.

I came across the track below called Dans Le Jardin and for some reason thought it might have been a good sound track for the Consul's visit to his garden in Under The Volcano.


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