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Mechanical Fantasy Box
Artist
Patrick Cowley
ReleaseProduct
Mechanical Fantasy Box
Label
Dark Entries Records
Catalogue Number
DE-269
Release Date
October 2019
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Mechanical Fantasy Box is the title of both a book and a new set of unreleased tunes from the legendary Patrick Cowley. Up until his death from AIDS in 1982 Cowley’s innovations and idiosyncrasies reinvented dance music several times over - in particular the brave new worlds that were forged in his HI-NRG disco productions.

The musical element of Mechanical Fantasy Box presents a baker’s dozen of tracks that had previously lain dormant in Cowley’s vaults. It’s unclear whether Cowley ever intended for this music to see the light of day - some of the entries here were eked out from four-track recordings, for instance - and the record’s 1973-1980 timeframe means that this is a collection of Cowley’s formative work.

This fascinating record is clearly the work of an artist homing in on his aesthetic. While there are a couple of the fevered, ecstatic tunes Cowley would become synonymous with, Mechanical Fantasy Box also includes slow and strutting disco-funk, synthetic ambiences and twinkling electronic experiments in the Vangelis mould.

The literary element of Mechanical Fantasy Box consists largely of Cowley’s journal. Also dating from the period 1973-1980, these writings chronicle Cowley’s career progression and the various sexual escapes he got up to as a gay man in 1970s San Francisco. Mechanical Fantasy Box is also studded with specially-commissioned illustrations and collages by Gwenaël Rattke as well as introductory essays from Josh Cheon, Theresa McGinley and Jorge Socarrás. Proceeds from the sales of Mechanical Fantasy Box will be donated to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Released to coincide with the release of a book of the same name, Mechanical Fantasy Box summates the dazzling early genius of electronic pioneer Patrick Cowley, whose life was cut short by AIDS in 1982. Lifted from deep within Cowley’s vaults, this hard smattering of luscious and curiously erotic pieces harken back to the early ‘70s, when Cowley was a young man looking for fun in San Francisco’s queer underworld. Providing a fascinating insight into the life and process of one of electronic music’s most vital figures.

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Digital Track List

  1. 1 Out of Body (Intro) Patrick Cowley 4:38 Buy
  2. 2 Right Here, Right Now Patrick Cowley 3:16 Buy
  3. 3 Broken Dishes Patrick Cowley 2:07 Buy
  4. 4 Breakdown Patrick Cowley 3:22 Buy
  5. 5 Moving Bodies I Patrick Cowley 5:36 Buy
  6. 6 Grisha's Tune Patrick Cowley 5:42 Buy
  7. 7 Sensitivity Patrick Cowley 6:37 Buy
  8. 8 Shrouds Patrick Cowley 6:01 Buy
  9. 9 Lumberjacks in Heat Patrick Cowley 11:26 Buy
  10. 10 Mechanical Fantasy Box Patrick Cowley 7:32 Buy
  11. 11 Thrill of the Hunt Patrick Cowley 5:06 Buy
  12. 12 Before Original Sin Patrick Cowley 5:59 Buy
  13. 13 Sea of China Patrick Cowley 8:14 Buy

Patrick Cowley

Patrick Cowley

Dark Entries Records

Experimental Pop and New Wave

1970s

1980s

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