Wednesday, December 1, 2010
I was watching Agnes Varda's 1969 film "Lions Love" when the music started to sound both utterly foreign and eerily familiar. It turns out it was composed by Joe Byrd from The United States of America! Two huge spheres of influence colliding! The music is weird and Charles Ives-y and early modern and, at times, fuzzed out and rocking. This would have been right around the time of Byrd's American Metaphysical Circus, and there are a few cuts featuring the unmistakable voice of Dorothy Moskowitz. Perhaps these were outtakes that never made it onto the USA album? Score. The film is also very interesting, featuring Superstar Viva of Andy Warhol fame and the two dudes who wrote Hair.