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Ben LaMar Gay
Open Arms to Open Us
International Anthem Recording Co.
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November 19, 2021

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Press Release

Ben LaMar Gay's critically-lauded 2018 break out Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun was more like a greatest hits than a debut album, as it compiled the best of the prolific but obscurity-prone Chicago native artist’s previously unreleased music. Open Arms to Open Us will be our first release of brand new, freshly baked tunes by Gay, a collection recorded entirely at International Anthem studios in Chicago between March-June 2021.

He is an artist that has been called “visionary” by the New York Times. Jeff Parker has called him “one of my favorite musicians on the planet today.” NPR says “there is no one universe for Ben LaMar Gay, he just sonic booms from one sound to another.” Gay lives up to all these statements and more, putting all his best feet forward on this new album. Fluently interweaving jazz, blues, ballads, R&B, raga, new music, nursery rhyme, Tropicalia, two-step, hip-hop and beyond in his most colorful and communicable work yet, it's a beaming expression of Gay’s signature omni-genre, “Pan-Americana” brew.

Featured artists on the album include: OHMME singers Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart, bassist/vocalist/arranger Ayanna Woods, multi-disciplinary Rwandan artist Dorothée Munyaneza, poet A.Martinez, cellist Tomeka Reid, and vocalists Onye Ozuzu, Gira Dahnee, and Angel Bat Dawid.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Sometimes I Forget How Summer Looks on You. Ben LaMar Gay featuring Ohmme 3:27
  2. 2 Hood Rich Happy Ben LaMar Gay 1:26
  3. 3 Bang Melodically Bang Ben LaMar Gay 3:09
  4. 4 Aunt Lola and the Quail Ben LaMar Gay 4:15
  5. 5 Mestre Candeia's Denim Hat Ben LaMar Gay 1:53
  6. 6 Oh Great Be the Lake Ben LaMar Gay 3:00
  7. 7 I Be Loving Me Some of You Ben LaMar Gay 2:07
  8. 8 Nyuzura Ben LaMar Gay featuring Dorothée Munyaneza 3:26
  9. 9 Slightly Before the Dawn Ben LaMar Gay 3:25
  10. 10 Lean Back. Try Igbo Ben LaMar Gay featuring Onye Ozuzu 1:19
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