Other People’s Poetry: Larry Gus
There’s a line from the movie Hi-Fidelity that comes to mind every time I try to make a mixtape. Something Rob says, “Now, the making of a good compilation tape is a very subtle art. Many do’s and don’ts. First of all, you’re using someone else’s poetry to express how you feel. This is a delicate thing.” Delicate yes, but sometimes easier than expressing one’s true feelings. After all, a well-made mixtape can communicate almost anything: I’m sorry, I love you, I miss you, I want you back, I want out, I’ll never forget, remember when, and on and on and on.The best compilations are those composed with a specific recipient in mind. Someone to sing over the oldies, dance to the hits, laugh at the inside jokes, and wonder how many -if not every- song is really all about them. These mixtapes are from the artists to whomever, whoever, and whatever they want, and they are mixing other people’s poetry to them. Read & listen.
Last week Yours Truly premiered the video for Larry Gus’s ‘The Night Patrols (A Man Asleep),’ and today we bring you a letter and mix from the producer behind all that fantastic, psychedelic-laced dance music. Gus pens a handwritten note to more than a few artists’ one true love, their machine. His letter includes the tracklist to his dreamy mix of funky disco enchantment and 70s lava lamp inspired original, exclusive and unreleased tunes and edits, all of which seem to melt into one another effortlessly.
Larry Gus’s Years Not Living is out on limited edition white vinyl and digitally, August 19th via DFA.