With the entirely new music statement, Sighs Trapped By Liars, The Red Krayola renew their association with conceptual artists Art & Language that began in 1973. Thirty years has mellowed the various parties not at all. The faint-hearted might want to swallow something calming before giving Sighs Trapped By Liars a spin. The composers of Red Krayola classics have made another try at negotiating the relationship between language and music in this new collection. Speaking in a contemporary (and frequently foul-mouthed) voice they say something we could all stand to hear - in a popular music format that we can all enjoy. Those expecting a further trip into the radical leftist pamphleteering of the former works will have to listen closely; these are new songs for new days. Perspectives are taken from quotes, exhibits and jokes of history and translated into material that addresses the state of the art. Art & Language's lyrical contributions were put to music and played by Mayo Thompson, accompanied by Tom Watson, John McEntire, Noel Kupersmith and Jim O'Rourke. The music is an intimate and expansive setting, a pop framework for deliberate and meditative language.
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