Saturday 24 July 2021

Lida Husik - Now I'm Older (1991-2018)


Lida was born in 1963 in Washington, D.C., growing up in the heady punk-rock days of the 1980's. Her first song on a record was on the Dischord compilation State of the Union, as Red Emma. From 1991 to 1999 she released eight full-length records on Shimmy Disc Records, Caroline Records, Astralwerks, and Alias. Her early works, released on the Shimmy Disc label, focused on ethereal, psychedelic indie pop. She also experimented with dance beats and samples, in 1994 teaming up with British electronic composer Beaumont Hannant with whom she recorded three albums, two for Astralwerks and one for Alias records. After 1999's "Mad Flavor", Husik's record releases were quite sparse, with 1 single being released in 2006 and a collaborative EP with Soma Allpass in 2016. It wasn't until 2018 she released her ninth full-length album, "motheroceanmorning".

A few years back I posted about how Flying Nun was my favourite record label in the 1980s/early 1990s. Close behind them were the Shimmy Disc label. As with Flying Nun,  I bought almost everything they released for several years, which is how I first came across Lida Husik, buying her first 3 albums released on the label. After she left Shimmy Disc I  kind of lost track of her future work, not hearing her later releases for several years. Having rectified that situation, I recently decided it was time my next anthology should be a selection of some of my favourite songs from all her albums released so far, plus the odd EP/single track.
Recommendations? I'd go for her first release "Bozo", from 1991, "Joyride" from 1995, and 1999's "Mad Flavor". As ever, info containing track origin & year of release is tagged in the music files and in the download file. I hope you enjoy this latest collection.

  1. Lida Husik - Mickey Minnie (3:57)
  2. Lida Husik - Pyramus and Thisbe (1:49)
  3. Husikesque - Haunt Me (3:21)
  4. Lida Husik - Fade Sister Cool (2:31)
  5. Lida Husik - Hitchhiker (4:30)
  6. Lida Husik - State of the Empire (5:05)
  7. Lida Husik - Nuclear Soul (4:06)
  8. Lida Husik - Marcel (9:40)
  9. Lida Husik - Build a Fire (4:31)
10. Lida Husik & Soma Allpass - The Navigator (3:54)
11. Lida Husik - Million Years (3:08)
12. Lida Husik - Strawberries Are Growing in My Garden (and It's Wintertime) (4:51)
13. Lida Husik - Death Trip (1:51)
14. Lida Husik & Beaumont Hannant - Now I'm Older, Silver Girl (5:16)
15. Lida Husik - Farmhouse (4:25)
16. Lida Husik - Glo Stick (3:56)
17. Lida Husik - Hopi Ants (2:42)
18. Husikesque - All Hands on Deck (5:06)
19. Lida Husik - Waterfall (5:10)

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