For Record Store Day 2016, the record label Bella Union released a clear vinyl version of the album ‘Jetlg Dreams’ by Departure lounge. The group have been together since early 1998 when singer – guitarist Tim Keegan, then a recovering singer – songwriter, asked his friends Jake Kyle (bass, double bass, trumpet), Chris Anderson (guitar, various keyboards, saxophone, oboe) and Lindsay Jamieson (drums, keyboards, flute) to join him on some new recordings.
It was originally released in 2001 I think and I wasn’t really looking for it but stumbled across it in the leftover RSD box at Seismic records. The only reason I wasn’t looking of it was because I didn’t know it existed.
Sometime around the turn of this century, Simon Raymonde conceived and curated the Series Seven experiment on Bella Union.
He commissioned seven artists to each create an album comprising seven instrumental pieces, to be written and recorded, from conception to completion, in seven days.
Departure Lounge rose to the challenge and ‘Jetlag Dreams’ came very naturally into being under these terms, against the backdrop of emotional and geographical upheavals in the lives of its creators.
The process unfolded as if in a slow-motion dream over the last working days of a studio called Hum Depot, an old converted wooden house in Nashville, on the site of a Civil War burial ground, filled with dusty old pianos and reputedly haunted by the ghost of a Confederate soldier.
So there isn’t much information bout this Series 7, but I’ve found a couple of others that appear to be part of the series:
Pelican by Bonnevill
In The Pulse Of An Artery by Rothko
Variaciones Espectrales by Jack Dangers
and that’s 5, maybe, of the 7. Information is sketchy, though I’m sure it’s out there somewhere.
1. “Equestrian Skydiving” (5:33)
2. “Runway Doubts” (5:50)
3. “Too Late To Die Young” (5:45)
4. “A Strange Descent” (6:18)
1. “Purple Fluffy Haze” (3:10)
2. “Beyond The Beltway” (4:36)
3. “Charles De Gaulle To Belleville” (8:49)