I think it’s impossible to overestimate the important place Roy Montgomery has in the annals of New Zealand’s experimental rock scene. Thanks to his work on labels such as Kranky Records and Drunken Fish, he has quite a high international profile, and it helps that the music he’s produced for so many decades is nearly impossible to pigeonhole.
This latest project will be four CDs or LPs released in stages throughout 2021 and 2022:
February 5, 2021 – Island of Lost Souls
July 30, 2021 – That Best Forgotten Work
October 22, 2021 – Rhymes of Chance
January 14 2022- Audiotherapy
The tracks currently available are some of his best instrumental work in some time, and some of these tunes border on spacious prog-rock or psych. Everything sounds full and rich, rather than stripped down and lo-fi. It’s Roy all by himself, at his best. This project is ambitious, but judging by the quality of the first series of tracks, this set will be a worth addition to his incredible audio output.