No, the physically fit man in the above picture with his legs stretched out, looking like he's pondering life's essential questions is NOT Aaron David Ross (ADR) of Gatekeeper fame. Believe it or not, thats a rare, early photo of Tony Little, the blonde ponytailed muscular madman that is the poster boy for the Gazelle workout system. Tony Little and ADR have nothing to do with one another that I know of, but I just thought the photo worked well for this post.
ADR is most known in the musical world for being 1/2 of slasher-disco icons Gatekeeper but on September 19th, Public Information will release his debut solo record Solitary Pursuits. I'll get right to the point, each of the 8 tracks give off heavy atmosphere, as stated by several press reviews already. I had an interesting experience listening to this release...
Immediately I was catapulted to sitting in my basement on the carpet when I was 6 years old, listening to these Science-y cassette tapes covering different obscure plant species of the jungle that my Mom bought for me. These tapes were designed to educate and teach kids about some of the other much-less-talked-about life in the jungle, plants. Each tape featured one specific plant and came with a little picture book that you were supposed to follow along with as you listen. I distinctly remember pressing play for the first time and hearing some of the deadliest squeaks, bleeps, tweaks and creeps that I had ever heard in my life. Theres no way that any child between the ages of 5 and 12 listened to those tapes all the way through and didn't walk away requiring psychiatric help. I remember having the neighborhood kids come over for a jungle-plant-educational-session just to prove to them how frightening they really were. To this day I still have a pretty clear recollection of what the pulsating sounds were like. What the creators of these tapes probably didn't realize was that kids were experiencing night terrors and hallucinations from the bizarre and brooding atmospherics that some composer rested over these little tales about plants in the rainforest.
I've tried hunting down these tapes for years but have had no luck. If for some reason your parents also assaulted you with jungle-plant-terrors as a child or have any information on them, please let me know. Oh, don't forget to stream ADR's Soliary Pursuits in full below.
02 Jupiter Rising
03 Sand Timer
04 Post PC
07 Mercury Retrograde
08 Solitary Pursuits