Reissue of Jim O'Rourke's album recorded 1997-1999 in NY, Osaka, Tokyo, Toronto and Malmö, originally released on Mego in 2001, with a bonus disc featuring unreleased material from the same period, sourced from O'Rourke's vast archive, with new artwork.
Of course, Jim O'Rourke needs no introduction being well known as a performer, producer and all round top chap, as well membership of various pop and rock combos for more than two decades.
"Im Happy, and I'm Singing, and a 1, 2, 3, 4" was called by many common folk Jim O'Rourke's laptop record or his powerbook album. We prefer the simple term computer when referring to the instrument used for the creation of this milestone album.
Equal parts—schizoid pop, cracked minimalism, concrete drama and melancholic contemplation. It strikes us as a highly personal release. Given the nature of this warm beast, it seems likely to appeal across the board—electronic nuts, indie rock kids and yes, even the good folk of the established experimental world may take pleasure in the delicate nuances of Jim O'Rourke's hard drive.
Musician, composer, improviser and producer, Jim O'Rourke (born in 1969 in Chicago, lives and works in Tokyo) is an essential figure of the American independent rock and post-rock scene (his solo records released on Drag City or in groups with Gastr Del Sol and Sonic Youth
have all become classics of the 1990s and 2000s) as well as experimental and electroacoustic music. His collaborations are countless: Illusion Of Safety, Christoph Heemann
, David Grubbs
, Loren Connors
, Wilco, Henry Kaiser, K.K. Null, Günter Müller, Voice Crack, Evan Parker
, Phill Niblock
, Mats Gustafsson, Tony Conrad
, Faust, Space Streakings, Loose Fur, Fennesz
, Diskaholics Anonymous Trio, Carlos Giffoni, Keiji Haino
, Masami Akita
, Masaya Nakahara, Takehisa Kosugi
, Fire!, Akira Sakata, Oren Ambarchi
, Stephen O'Malley
, Kassel Jaeger
, Anthony Burr
, John Fahey, Tortoise, Stereolab, Red Crayola, Guided By Voices, Merzbow