"Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun" is as much a 'greatest hits' as it is a 'debut album' for Ben LaMar Gay. It's a collection of music composed, performed & produced by the anomalous Southside Chicago-born, sometimes Brazil-residing artist, compiled from 7 albums he made over the last 7 years but never made the effort to actually release.
With its title taken from the mantra Ben repeats across several tracks on "Grapes" (1 of the 7 aforementioned albums), "Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun" is our effort to channel the rainbow of sonic expressions, art & poetry beaming from the ark of his unreleased catalogue into a cohesive & communicable compilation. It's as good of an introduction to Ben LaMar Gay as we could fit onto a single LP. To call it "eclectic" would only scratch the surface. This music is everything.
1. Vitus Labrusca
3. Music For 18 Hairdressers: Braids & Fractals
5. A Seasoning Called Primavera
6. Miss Nealie Burns
7. Me, JayVe & The Big Bee
10. Swim Swim 03:22
12. Melhor Que Tem
13. Gator Teeth
14. 7th Stanza
15. Oh no...not again!
Compiled & Sequenced by Scott McNiece & Ben LaMar Gay
Mastered by David Allen