Originally released in 2005 on Mike Cooper's Hipshot Cd-r label, and reissued here for the first time on vinyl, Spirit Songs deserves to be regarded as a true rediscovered gem, remixed and remastered by Cooper himself.
Spirit Songs comes as a highly organic form of Ambient-Folk-Blues with Cooper reordering material to create an immersive listening experience. A stream of cut-up lyrics inspired by Thomas Pynchon's writing slide across multiple electronic layers and masterfully fingerpicked acoustic guitars combining into a moving tide. This is deeply inspired music from a unique artist: Mike Cooper the so called "icon of post-everything music" a true sound explorer constantly pushing the boundaries of genres and styles.
Mike Cooper (born 1942) is an English guitarist. He has traced a path completely his own for more than 50 years as an international musical explorer, lap steel guitarist, singer, improviser and composer, performing and recording, solo and in a number of inspired groupings and a variety of genres, stretching the possibilities of the guitar with an eclectic mix of the many styles he has practiced over the years, straddling jazz, folk, blues, Polynesian, exotica, ambient, electronica, and various experimental and improvisational approaches.