Esopus CD #5: Audio-Visuals

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For our fifth CD, Esopus invited 12 musicians to pick a work of visual art they recalled as having been significant to them at some point in their lives and then use it as inspiration for a song. The selected pieces ranged from historic masterpieces to contemporary work to anonymous folk art. 

Some songs hint at their source lyrically; others—including several instrumentals—echo in musical form the visual poetry of the piece they reference. Connecting particular tracks with their source is a challenge, and we didn't make it any easier: Esopus asked musicians to avoid directly referencing the artworks’ titles in their songs, because we thought readers might enjoy establishing the links on their own. 

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Cadence Weapon
God Bless My Brother
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Rapper and producer Cadence Weapon (a.k.a. Rollie Pemberton) self-released his debut album, Cadence Weapon Is the Black Hand, in 2004. Pemberton's second effort, Breaking Kayfabe, appeared on Upper Class Recordings in 2005. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, he also writes for the online music magazines Stylus and Pitchfork.

PLAYLIST
01
Cadence Weapon
God Bless My Brother
02
Jim White
Plywood Superman
03
The Mountain Goats
Porcile
04
Alina Simone
On Being Complicated
05
Josephine Foster
Two-Harp Blues
06
Autoparty
Juliette vs. the Ink Blot
07
Meg Murray
Ode to Bunnatine
08
Sankofa
They All Die
09
Jesus Licks
Terrible Beauty
10
Kevin Blechdom
Dying Robot
11
Grasshopper w/ O.C.D. Bottle Factory
Back in No Time
12
Britta Phillips
Song of You
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