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GAVILAN RAYNA RUSSOM

SECRET PASSAGE

W.25TH


Format: LP
Cata No: W25-14
Barcode: 857661008308
*150 COPIES ON BLUE VINYL FOR UK*Growing up in deindustrialized Providence, Rhode Island
of the 1970s and 1980s provided NYC-based composer and
interdisciplinary artist Gavilán Rayna Russom access to
derelict subterranean spaces including the mile-long East
Side Rail Tunnel. The tunnel’s reverberant darkness would
produce distinctive sensory effects and host Russom’s
formative experiences of interpersonal connectedness,
liminality, transgender identity, anti-capitalist desire and
state repression.
Secret Passage—an absorbing, memoiristic work by
Russom, whose synthesis-based practice fuses information
and expression into organic wholes—draws on memories
of “unsupervised autonomous zones where I tasted the
possibilities of a world without surveillance,” as she writes
in the liner notes. Inspired by “this beautifully neglected
place,” the music resounds with ghostlike echoes and
raw pulsations.
Russom utilizes synthesizers, field recordings and
voice to illustrate hallucinatory revelations of the city’s
lightless undercarriage. Each track of Secret Passage,
originally released as a limited cassette on Voluminous
Arts, is dedicated to a friend—entwining personal
liberation with collective discovery. The East Side Rail
Tunnel has been inaccessible since the 1990s, the result of
urban development and gentrification.

Tracks:

1. A Place For Us Among The Ruins
(For Alyson)
2. Shotgun Hits With Boys Who Drum On
Metal (For Cheyney)
3. Ghosts Wail In Us (For Mike)
4. Sarafina Calls Because The Police Are
Beating People (For Brian C.)
5. Fireworks (For Brian T.)

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Recommended for fans of Cosey Fanni
Tutti, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe and GAS

 

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