Art Feynman (Luke Temple) preps new LP, tells us what he’s been listening to during COVID-19 lockdown
We've been asking artists what they've been listening to while cooped up inside during COVID-10 lockdown, and this one comes from Luke Temple, who you may know from Here We Go Magic. He's gearing up to release Half Price at 3:30, his third record as lower-fi alter-ego Art Feynman. (That's out in June 26 via Western Vinyl.) There are two tracks you can stream right now, including "I'm Gonna Miss Your World" which feels very of the moment, below.
As to what he's been up to lately, which relates to the playlist he's made for us, Luke tells us he's "taken a break from music in the last 6 months after a period of intense focus and I’ve started making more visual art," adding, "While I draw I find that non-vocal ambient (for lack of a better word) music feels better than anything. More and more I’m enjoying music that sort of recedes into the background and doesn’t demand too much but actually functions in the way that incense or nice lighting would. My life during quarantine hasn’t changed all that much except that I’m living with my girlfriend so, to be honest, I’m probably more social on a consistent basis than I was pre-corona."
Finally Luke says, "Here are some tunes that my gal and I have been appreciating as little helpers in making the one-bedroom feel more spacious. Not all are non-vocal." Check out Luke's list, along with commentary, below.
ART FEYNMAN (LUKE TEMPLE) - WHAT I'VE BEEN LISTENING TO DURING COVID-19 LOCKDOWN
1. Woo “Swingtime”
These guys work every time. They have a nice mix of optimism and weirdness. They don’t seem to lean too heavily in any direction emotionally to make for a nice buoyant vibe.
2. Jon Hassell “Power Spot”
Master of vibe. I just randomly picked this tune from his catalog because literally, I like everything he does in equal measure.
3. Mariah “Shinzo No Tobira”
This melody somehow makes me feel nostalgic for a place that I’ve never been to.
4. Harold Budd “Bismillahi ‘Rahmani ‘Rahim”
Very beautiful and emotional.
5. Alice Coltrane “Jagadishwar"
This is later Alice and apparently was only made to be listened to by her Ashram community for spiritual purposes. It's so beautiful and sounds like maybe she had just recently discovered the portamento button on her synth.
6. David Behrman “Eln Glaesele Warems”
He’s in a similar world as Jon Hassell. It’s music that just moves forward without any feeling of going anywhere.
7. Roy Harper “Twelve Hours of Sunset”
For those who want to sink into the sadness of the world for a few minutes. Sometimes it’s good to go there I think.
8. Robert Wyatt “At Last I Am Free”
His cover of the Chic song. Oh, Robert! What can I say? In my top 5 (if I had to choose) voices of all time. So much vulnerability and I love his production.
9. Cluster “Sowiesoso”
The Kraut boys never disappoint.
10. Ata Kak “Daa Nyinaa”
Finally one for your zoom dance party. Ata Kak is a Ghanaian guy. I’m assuming this is a home recording maybe? Anyway, it’s a sweet as hell melody and he also raps some.
And here's a playlist with everything except Roy Harper (whose original was not on Spotify):