A new album which will grace the FRUK playlist from next week is Sir Richard Bishop‘s ‘Intermezzo’. Best known as a founding member of the Sun City Girls, ‘Intermezzo’ continues the exploration of Bishop’s solo work. If efforts were made to draw parallels between the two projects the most obvious conclusion would be staggering breadth of musical variety. Intermezzo is a genre spanning, if not ‘genreless’, piece of work that is already being tipped as his best to date. The album is being released on Stephen O’Malley’s Ideologic Organ label but first saw light of day in 2011 as a self release on CDR.
“I met Richard in 2004 on a crazy tour in Australia (Oren Ambarchi’s last “What is Music?”). He was a founding member of The Sun City Girls but he came out to play solo. Instantly we were entranced by his playing, so many beautiful elements of why I love guitar come through in his music and presence, without floating around in genre space at all. Here on the road with Kevin Drum, Dead C, Residents, Gang Gang Dance, Black Dice, etc… amongst this insane lineup Richard ended up supporting Pan Sonic and really held it down, as a soloist. A few years later Peter Rehberg and I (as KTL) were invited to join a tour Richard was doing with EARTH. His incredible communication of atmosphere and texture was even more fluid than I remembered… a real pleasure. If the reason to start a record label is to release the music you are truly enamored by, this is a true example of that philosophy.” —Stephen O’Malley, Paris 2012
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