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by Richard Shirk

Before you agree that streaming music killed the cult band, take a moment to consider the strange tales told by reclusive Oakland musician Richard Shirk on his second solo album Arcadia - 13 indie-pop transmissions of psychedelia and AM waltzes.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Arcadia
2:43 album only
2. The Goal Keeps Moving
3:35 album only
3. Old Suburban Houston
0:59 album only
4. Alarms
4:18 album only
5. Inner Star Wars
3:16 album only
6. Prisoners of Zenda
2:12 album only
7. Secret Policemen
1:54 album only
8. The Line Between
3:21 album only
9. How to Dance How to Waltz
2:42 album only
10. At Esalen
1:50 album only
11. Come on Back to Houston
0:47 album only
12. Tiger in the Shadows
3:36 album only
13. Sleep Studies
3:45 album only


Album Notes
A bit about Arcadia
Richard thought of this album as a collection of eclectic pop songs about escape - from small towns (‘Arcadia,’ ‘The Goal,’ ‘Secret Policemen,’) to the stars (‘Prisoners of Zenda,’ ‘Come on Back to Houston,’ ‘Old Suburban Houston’), and out from underneath the confines of conventional attitudes towards the supernatural (‘Inner Star Wars,’ ‘Tiger in the Shadows). Throughout, Arcadia still rings and chimes with Richard’s trademark spooky guitar tone, spectral voice, and the fingerprints of a childhood spent with pulp science-fiction and a dusty pile of records and warbling tapes by the Cars, the Ramones, and the Fall. With far out themes, undeniably catchy hooks, and spooky vibe, Arcadia by Richard Shirk listens like the end-game of some alternate dimension Casey Kasem count-down.

Shirk played all the instruments (except for the appearance of notable guest stars such as Ric Walz-Smith - an 80s sideman to Ryuichi Sakamoto’s Yellow Magic Orchestra) and recorded Arcadia himself in a strange nook in his small apartment using almost exclusively a gifted, lucky acoustic guitar and keyboards found in his apartment building’s electronic recycling bin.



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