Art credit Berrek Thompson

Meet Me in the Middle: The Comfort Police Memorial List

By Michael Campbell and Justin Price

The most fruitful music collaborator that I’ve ever worked with is MOTH contributor Michael Campbell of Houston, Texas. During our shared years in New York, we (including our friend Zachary Ebel on drums) recorded many cassettes tapes worth of experiments, improvisations, half-baked ideas, and sheer freak-outs under the name The Comfort Police. The dichotomy of our sound was apparent: I was defiantly focused on the readily accessible, while Campbell came from a jazz/avant-garde background. Zachary was, thankfully, somewhere in the middle. No matter how strange things got in those 45 minutes of rolling tape, somehow a connection was always made musically, even if only for a few, brief minutes. To this day, The Comfort Police is the most wholly satisfying project I’ve ever been involved with. As a tribute, we collected a list of records that align with our aforementioned sensibilities.

Campbell’s selections are records that he enjoyed immensely from this year; Mine are records that, if not for Michael’s influence and friendship, I would have never developed an appreciation for. The fun of this list will be figuring out whose choose what. Here’s a hint: Michael definitely didn’t put the Swans record on here.

Peter Brotzmann/Massimo Pupillo/Paal Nilssen-Love – Roma

Fight The Big Bull – All Is Gladness In The Kingdom

Conference Call – “What About…?”

Evan Parker/Barry Guy/Paul Lytton + Peter Evans – Scenes In The House of Music

Zs – New Slaves

Spelling Bee – Sweet Dreams, Strange Animal

Liars – Sisterworld

Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma

James Blackshaw – All Is Falling

Kahimi Karie – It’s Here

Autechre – Oversteps

How To Dress Well – Love Remains

Steve Moore – Primitive Neural Pathways

Swans – My Father Willl Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky

Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up – Actionspeak

ARC – Church

The Alps – Le Voyage

Anni Rossi – Heavy Meadow

Jack Rose – Luck In The valley

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