Hudson River Wind Meditations, Lou Reed’s final solo studio album, is getting its first vinyl release. Light in the Attic is putting out the drone and ambient work on January 12 in collaboration with Laurie Anderson and the Lou Reed Archive. Find an unboxing video for the new release below.
The album is newly remastered. Physical copies come with liner notes by yoga instructor and author Eddie Stern; there’s also a new interview with Anderson. Deluxe editions come with five 8×10 photos of the Hudson River photographed by Reed.
“I first composed this music… to play in the background of life—to replace the everyday cacophony with new and ordered sounds of an unpredictable nature,” Reed wrote for the original album’s introduction.
“I guess by ‘life,’ he meant something like what Brian Eno might mean—ambient music that colors the air in very interesting ways. For me, it resets my brainwaves.” Anderson said in a statement. “In Tibetan Buddhism teachings, heart and mind are the same word—citta—close to the chi of Tai Chi, which is pure energy. This music is pure energy; it breathes in and out. It’s not like here’s the beginning: dum da da! And now it develops, and now it ends! Rather, it’s one long loop that keeps changing in subtle ways.”
In 2022, Light in the Attic began its collaboration with Anderson and the Lou Reed Archive with the release of Words & Music, May 1965. The collection featured Reed’s earliest known recordings of Velvet Underground songs.
Source : Pitchfork