Arthur’s Landing: “Love Dancing (Is It All Over My Face)” (s/t, Strut, 2/1/11)
As an unorthodox and multifaceted cellist, producer, and singer, Arthur Russell had a reach that can be compared to few in American music — spanning disco, classical, rock, avant-garde, and much more.
Loose Joints, one of Russell’s many projects, intended to make “the disco White Album” but only released three songs. One of those tunes, “Is It All Over My Face,” is being covered as part of the Arthur’s Landing project, a collective of Russell’s collaborators who are now paying posthumous tribute via a debut album on Strut.
Retitled “Love Dancing,” the cover of “Is It All Over My Face” features vocals from Nomi Ruiz (formerly of Hercules and Love Affair) and includes a swanky horn accompaniment and slinky grooves.
Arthur’s Landing made its live debut at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London this year, and a biography written by Tim Lawrence about Russell, titled Hold On To Your Dreams, was released in fall of 2009. In advance of the band’s debut, which is out February 1 on Strut, Arthur’s Landing is performing every Monday in January at Nublu in New York City’s East Village, playing every Monday.