Hugo Race & The True Spirit - Star Birth [vinyl 180g + downloadcode]
- Manufacturer: Gusstaff Records
- Net Price: €12.43 €15.29
Vinyl version is LP 180g with Star Birth, downloadcode is Star Birth & Star Death. Gatefold.
'Star Birth' is a flung fisherman's net, mighty in scope, irrevocable as looking up from the stone
floor of a cathedral – there is space, yet there is profound intimacy from the immediacy of the
lyrics, our thoughts rattling around like panicky goldfish. Race has taken aspects of areas
previously explored, and made a quantum leap into the unknowable. With opening track Can't
Make This Up, the gauntlet is flung down – ‘what is need, what is greed / it’s a new crush, the
brain trust/ hive mind rewrite rewind/ falsehood streaming’
‘Star Birth’ is international maverick and music icon Hugo Race’s 15th album with his band of
True Spirits. It’s a double album and the twin album’s name is ‘Star Death’.
Star Birth was recorded during Australia’s bushfire summer apocalypse of 2019 and mixed as
the 2020 covid-19 pandemic hit. When the stars align it all makes sense, Hugo explains,
adding that one oceanic evening while writing the album a bright star exploded right before his
eyes, the sign of a sudden end and a new beginning...
Hugo’s writes of trials, tribulations, hopes, fears, heartaches, loves, losses, highs and lows –
‘everyday I die a little bit more, in a thousand ways I fight my little wars – and he sings with
exquisite pathos and depth, like he’s singing just for you about the times in which we live –
political disasters, our planet, the absence and the presence of spiritual values, broken
promises, cracked hearts and if any of it really matters anyway. With hell raising lyrics like,
Expendable, you’d have to wonder if anyone of us will make it through alive – ‘hey sister, are
we all expendable? nobody wins, but so many of you think they do / don’t try to fool yourself
people, deep down you know the truth - everybody gets their one hot shot but no one’s bullet
proof’. But then The Rapture reminds us that there will always be stars dying in the glory of
new life – ‘give us this day comfort and bread / implant in us the living word / empower us
with divine love and deliver us from evil / for you are the one true light / the power and the
glory / forever /amen’
Hugo’s True Spirit deliver a lush, sonic love letter of rock, electronica and dramatic
orchestration, based in blues, hypnotic repetition and sonic exhilaration. Michelangelo Russo
is a huge part of this atmosphere; his approach to music is that of an artist with a palette of
mysterious implements and machinery, but the entire band and production is incredible from
start to finish. Star Birth is 48 minutes of mind expanding, mind blowing, heel tapping tunes,
with its sister album 'Star Death', a dub version of remixes that will send you searching for
your own exploding star somewhere in the sky…
'live today like there’s no tomorrow / watchin’ you watchin’ me / we’re the nightmare and the
dream / love is the energy / just atoms blowin’ free'
The True Spirit – Hugo Race, Michelangelo Russo, Nico Mansy, Chris Hughes, Bryan
Colechin, Brett Poliness. Recorded by Andrew ‘Idge’ Hehir at Soundpark, Melbourne.
Additional recording by Dugald Jayes. Further recording Los Angeles by Nico Mansy, and by
James Masson at Klangton Studio, Berlin.
The album was produced by Hugo at his Helixed studio in Melbourne.
All songs published by Peermusic.
The sleeve image is by Melbourne artist Josh Lord.