Gay, Ben Lamar / Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun
Album:Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun Collection:General
Artist:Gay, Ben Lamar Added:Jun 2018
Label:I A R C 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2018-07-04 Pull Date:2018-09-05 Charts:Classical/Experimental
Week Ending:Sep 2Aug 12Jul 29Jul 22Jul 15Jul 8

Recent Airplay
1.Nov 04, 2021:Stranded at Settembrini's (rebroadcast from Oct 21, 2021)
Music For 18 Hairdressers: Braids And Fractals
4.Sep 01, 2018:Music Casserole
Oh No... Not Again!
2.Oct 21, 2021:Stranded at Settembrini's
Music For 18 Hairdressers: Braids And Fractals
5.Aug 10, 2018:Old Fart at Play
Swim Swim
3.Jun 04, 2020:Stranded at Settembrini's
Melhor Que Tem
6.Jul 28, 2018:Music Casserole
Oh No... Not Again!

Album Review
Tom McCarter
Reviewed 2018-06-29 
Reviewed: 2018-06-29
Genre: General (X)
FCCs: none
Review: Gay is some kind of post-industrial master of structural manipulation, the kind of guy who can fit a song into the most unlikely of unoccupied spaces the same way an urbanite grocery store or parking lot will spring up in a place never meant to hold either. Everything fits if you make it to fit.
If You Like: King Krule, early Dr. John, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Funkadelic, Steve Reich
Track Review (favorites denoted by *):
1/ Vitus Labrusca (0:32) – spacey heavy metal noise> fade
*2/ Muhal (3:43) – heavy drums start> midtempo heavy metal hip-hop> heavy organ solo> uptempo jam with scattered vocals> quick stop
3/ Music For 18 Hairdressers: Braids And Fractals (2:26) – percussive synthesizer start> fast jam slows to uptempo with horns & repetitive riff> quick stop
4/ Jubilee (3:23) – spoken vocal/heavy funky percussion starts> morphs into chanting with midtempo heavy jazz jam with trumpets> quick stop
*5/ A Seasoning Called Primavera (3:51) – vocals start with rap lyric & psychedelic midtempo deep undertone> > chorus chanting like a New Orleans funk beat> quick stop
*6/ Miss Natalie Burns (2:48) – piano/trumpet starts> wild uptempo jam with vocals> quick stop
7/ Me, Jayne, & Big Bee (1:46) – trumpet starts> slow tempo jam, like a funeral dirge> slow sax solo> quick fade on spoken vocal
8/ Uvas (4:19) - modulating synth starts> slow tempo jam, almost like chanting> slow cheesy soundtrack like Buck Rogers> segues into chanting> slow jam> slow fade
9/ Galveston (3:46) – heavy repeated synth space chord starts> space jam> slow fade & some percussion> stop
*10/ Swim Swim (3:23) – funky guitar starts> spoken sing song vocals over the top of spacey uptempo jam> fade
*11/ Kunni (3:47) – spacey start> midtempo spacey jam with slow vocal overlay> morphs into uptempo spacey jam> builds in volume & intensity> quick stop
12/ Melhor Que Tem (3:29) – spacey start> slow space jam> fade
13/ Gator Teeth (1:23) -intermittent chimes start> percussion like Morse code> quick stop
14/ 7th Stanza (0:57) – slow jam with spoken word poem> quick stop
*15/ Oh No... Not Again! (4:53) – repetitious synth chord starts> midtempo space jazz jam heats up to wild fast tempo> guitar solo with repetitive riff> horns kick in> wild midtempo jam> quick stop

Track Listing
1.Vitus Labrusca 8.Uvas
2.Muhal 9.Galveston
3.Music For 18 Hairdressers: Braids And Fractals 10.Swim Swim
4.Jubilee 11.Kunni
5.A Seasoning Called Primavera 12.Melhor Que Tem
6.Miss Natalie Burns 13.Gator Teeth
7.Me, Jayne, & Big Bee 14.7th Stanza
 15.Oh No... Not Again!