Things get lost once in a while: bobby pins, sweaters, thoughts, a thing we once loved. There’s something about getting lost; it has the potential to be bad, yet it also enables the possibility of being found. In a world where we’re constantly overloaded with new music, it’s easy to forget the albums from the past that formed us the most. This month we’re asking Wendy Muller aka Onrust to dig into her musical archives and recover an album that touched the heart but was forgotten over time.
Which album do you want us to discover?
Flowers of Evil by Ruth White. This extraordinary album was first released in 1969 and has been reissued several times on vinyl. Ruth White is one of the female electronic music pioneers from the mid 1950’s and besides her musical compositions she made children’s educational music. This album is based on Charles Baudelaire’s volume of poetry Les Fleurs du Mal put in an electronic setting. Ruth White recites the poems on her electronic music, made with a moog synthesizer. It’s an alienating experience.
When did you first listen to it?
My boyfriend Wim found it on Youtube a few years back on a nightly search. The whole album wasn’t uploaded yet so we had to listen to it, song by song, on Youtube. I was completely swept of my feet. Luckily we could get hold on an reissue, and since then it’s been playing at least once a month on my record player.
For fans of?
Weird stuff, dark electronic music, and MOOG fans.
What is your favorite song on the album? Why?
‘The Cat’. Cat people probably know why 😉
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