There was a ton going on Friday and this one didn’t make the round up of tracks I had up on the site. Perhaps that’s a blessing in disguise because today I can add in this lovely home-shot video from Shannon Lay to the news that Perpetual Doom is bringing a wonderful tribute to Detroit’s Ted Lucas to life. The compilation was curated by Jeffrey Silverstein, already a favorite around these parts, and Jeff’s amassed a great collection of players who capture the spirit of Ted’s simple, yet heart-stung pop and meditative ragas. Among the enlisted artists are Anna St. Louis, John Andrews & The Yawns, Julianna Barwick and William Tyler, Small Sur with Chorusing, Shannon Lay, Ryan Oxford and Jeffrey Silverstein, Amelia Courthouse, Barry Walker Jr. and Future Museums. The compilation is setup in the order of the original album, keeping the purposeful flow that Lucas originally intended radiating through the new interpretations. Songwriter Shannon Lay lends an intimacy to her version of “Baby Where You Are,” making it feel like a private press gem dug from lost tapes years later. Its as wounded as Ted’s original, moving from confessional to crumbling. I’ve got her original down below, but she’s also lent a lovely, stripped down version in this video as well. It’s So Easy (When You Know What You’re Doing): A Tribute to Ted Lucas is out May 14th.
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