$13.99 | CD | Catalog #MUS02
Release date: 2004
Universary is a marriage of slamming beats, vertigo-inducing drones, noise-rocking guitar playing, and passionate melodies. Joining First is an illustrious group including Jane Scarpantoni (Lou Reed, REM, Tricky, Indigo Girls), harpist Zeena Parkins (Bjork), trumpeter Roy Campbell, madwoman vocalist Shelley Hirsch, and saxist Michael Blake (John Lurie's Lounge Lizards). One moment otherworldly and mesmerizing, the next moving and thought-provoking, this is a modern psychedelic masterpiece.
"It's enough to give you goosebumps." (SplendidEzine)
"There is strength in silence, but there is also much to admire in those who take risks, which is what Universary and David First are all about." (All Music Guide)
"David First is a guitarist with a flair for melody and a neat way of intertwining themes and stories" (Jay Ruttenberg, Time Out New York)
"David First has been working with patterns and drones for decades, from his minimalist rock with the Notekillers to extended guitar pieces that make the atmosphere buzz with overtones. On his new album, he applies his mathematical bent to pop-song structures, topping his layered guitars and kinetic dance rhythms with thoughtful lyrics." (Jon Pareles, The New York Times)
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