1LP Edition Release Date: 9/4/2021 Label: International Anthem Recording Company
Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble’s new album "NOW" was created in the final throes of Summer 2020, following months of pandemic-induced fear & isolation, the explosion of social unrest, struggle & violence in the streets, and as the certain presence of a new reality had fully settled in. Set up safely in the garden behind Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio, the music was recorded in only a few takes, capturing the first times members of BME had ever played or sang the tunes. For Locks, the impetus was more about getting together to commune and make art than it was about producing an album. In his words: “It was about offering a new thought. It was about resisting the darkness. It was about expressing possibility. It was about asking the question, ‘Since the future has unfolded and taken a new and dangerous shape... what happens NOW?’”
A1 Now (Forever Momentary Space)
A2 The People Vs. The Rest Of Us
A3 Keep Your Mind Free
B1 Barbara Jones-Hogu And Elizabeth Catlett Discuss Liberation
B2 Movement And You
B3 The Body Is Electric
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