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Stark Reality: Now is Starkers!

Stark Reality


That’s the best way to describe the sound of Stark Reality’s Now (Stones Throw), an obscure collection of Hoagy Carmichael children’s songs recontextualized as wigged-out psychedelic jazz. Originally released in 1970 on Ahmad Jamal’s boutique label, AJP Records, as The Stark Reality Discovers Hoagy Carmichael’s Music Shop, the album captured the loss of innocence and the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. The album took the wide-eyed imagination of Carmichael’s lyrics and transformed them into hazy, hot-wired evocations.

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