King Khan & Sun Ra Arkestra Drop “Meditations on Crime”
After drawing Julia Holter into the fold alongside members of Pixies, Animal Collective and Gang Gang Dance, Meditations on Crime has added afrofuturist ensemble, Sun Ra Arkesta with King Khan to the enigmatic, growing collective. Released via AntiFragile Music today, “We The People Of The Myths” co-recorded, arranged and produced by Harper Simon and late, legendary music producer Hal Willner in one Hal’s final sessions.
“Lou [Reed] and I came across some of King Khan’s records and loved them. Lou said that King Khan was a cross between Little Richard, Gil Scott Heron, James Brown and Johnny Rotten in one person.” – Hal Willner
Alongside a legendary cast of musicians — Marshall Allen (Alto/EVI) and Danny Thompson (Baritone/Flute) of Sun Ra Arkestra, Cecil Brooks (Trumpet), Noel Scott (Baritone/Alto), Elson Nascimento (Percussion), Wayne Smith (Drums), Tyler Mitchell (Bass), Vincent Chauncey (French Horn), Terry Adams (Piano) — Harper Simon and King Khan worked to create a hazy, cosmic track that brings poetry to life.
King Khan shares, “There were many comets colliding in this track, the late great Hal Willner was the main source of this interplanetary musical supernova. Hal put Harper in touch with me and the Arkestra whom I had joined on stage a few times to perform the “We the People of the Myths” poem that I had written for Marshall Allen. Harper had composed the track for the Arkestra, which also featured the late great Danny Thompson on baritone sax. When Harper sent me the track, the poem fit perfectly into it like sacred geometry. It’s as much an invocation to ancient spirits as it is a beacon for help, asking the universe to send aid to this dying planet. I think if Sun Ra had heard this track he would have been proud.”
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