On the Record:
September 28, 2018
Words: Steve Smith
One new item you might consider during your Bandcamp trawl is a new release from Laraaji, newly announced and due Oct. 12 on the Flying Moonlight label. Arrive Without Leaving features the legendary Harlem-based meditative musician and laughter-therapy advocate performing with regular collaborator Arji OceAnanda and the Austin, TX-based synth trio Dallas Acid—musicians Linda Beecroft, Michael Gerner, and Christian Havins.
The recording, made the day after the artists shared an Ad Hoc bill at National Sawdust in February, was culled from six hours of exploration at Vibromonk Studio in Williamsburg, and beautifully weds Laraaji’s trademark autoharp and vocals and Arji’s rustic percussion with Dallas Acid’s synthesizer-and-Mellotron matrix. The album will be available on vinyl and in various digital file formats, and will also be available on streaming services; CDs will be sold exclusively at live shows.
Pre-order Arrive Without Leaving in digital formats on Bandcamp.