Never heard but I will.
I’m not sure when I first heard the Penguin Café Orchestra, but it was a long time ago. Founded back in the 70s by British composer/guitarist Simon Jeffes. He was sick with a very bad bout of food poisoning, and dreamed of a place down the road, the Penguin Café, where people were living separate from each other, but there was a café where they all went to connect. When he recovered, he decided to make a band that played the music for that café.
Most people have never heard of the band, but it is surprising how many of us know their music. It is experimental as Cage and Stockhausen, but unlike them it has a real heart. The first album was recorded with Brian Eno, and feels like old music, or perhaps just timeless. Instead of lyrics, there is a melody that drives the sound, and also unlike…
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