Calling Out Of Context
“A nomad with an absolute commitment to freedom, whose natural element was music itself”
- Olivia Laing
“…a man crooning to himself out in the Iowa sunfields, killer whale deep in the ocean, drifting through the submarine city night and cobalt space”
-David Toop/The Wire
The now classic album that started the renaissance, available once again on double vinyl with four page insert.
Calling Out Of Context features 12 previously unreleased tracks of Buddhist Bubblegum Disco Electro Pop including the anthemic "That's Us/Wild Combination", "The Platform On The Ocean", and "Arm Around You", all recorded during Arthur's prime years 1985-90.
In 2004 Audika Records began reissuing and compiling the previously unreleased and out of print material from Arthur Russell's vast archive. To date Audika has reissued World Of Echo, “Instrumentals”, and Tower Of Meaning, along with the compilations of previously unreleased material, Calling Out Of Context, Springfield, Love Is Overtaking Me, and Corn. A new Arthur Russell compilation is currently in the works for release later in 2019.
Over 25 years have passed since Arthur Russell left us, in relative obscurity, from AIDS complications in 1992. Yet his work—as composer, songwriter and dance music innovator—is better known now than ever before. Since Steve Knutson formed Audika Records and began excavating and curating Arthur’s vast archive, critics worldwide have hailed Russell as a visionary. Countless younger artists cite him as an influence. There has been an internationally acclaimed documentary film (Matt Wolf’s Wild Combination) and biography (Tim Lawrence’s Hold onto Your Dreams), along with various tribute albums, concerts and events. In 2016 Arthur Russell’s archive was acquired by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center as part of their American Music Collection. If Arthur Russell isn’t quite the pop star he imagined he would be, he is at least widely considered one of the most significant figures in late 20th century American music.