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The Orbiting Human Circus

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Jasper Graham
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Jasper Graham This song and its lyrics are some of the most inspiring and uplifting I've encountered in the past year, and they've carried me through a lot of emotion I didn't know how to process. Favorite track: City of Lights.
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ilovemusicohhhya Beautiful song through and through, something to truly insight appreciation for this orbiting human circus we are a part of. Favorite track: City of Lights.
Samuel Shepherd
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Samuel Shepherd This entire EP, as with the podcast itself, is one of the most beautiful, dreamlike audio pieces I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Favorite track: City of Lights.
Katheryn Bliss
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Katheryn Bliss I don't know what it is, but this EP gives me all the best feelings. Love it! Favorite track: City of Lights.
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SailorNomad This tiny little EP gives you a little glimpse inside Julian Koster's own little version of Paris especially created for his podcast. The Music Tapes have a knack for creating otherworldly albums that create strange avant-garde landscapes out of ancient instruments and recording techniques, and this EP shows that they haven't lost their spark in the least. With white, snowy love songs, to beautiful dreams of darkness, angels, warmth, and city lights, God bless The Music Tapes Favorite track: Where Evening's Dream Goes.
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tellekat Great for listening to on snowy/rainy nights!! Love the podcast :) Favorite track: I've Got My Love.
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released February 10, 2017

Tracks 1 and 3 written by Julian Koster
Track 2 written by Dino Olivieri, Louis Eugene Bernard Poterat, and Giuseppe Nino Rastelli; arranged by Thomas Hughes and Julian Koster
Track 4 written by Irving Berlin; arranged by Julian Koster

Julian Koster: Vocals, bowed banjo, chord organ, singing saw
Robbie Cucchiaro: Euphonium, trumpet, valve trombone
Thomas Hughes: Orkestral arrangement, calliope organ arrangement
Ian Ludders: Singing saw

Songs recorded to Presto Record Lathe (1940s), tape, and computer.
Steve Espinola: Presto Lathe recordist
Pete Wells: Engineer
Andy LeMaster: Engineer, “City of Lights”

Artwork by Julian Koster and Christy Gressman


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The Music Tapes Athens, Georgia

The Music Tapes’ vision began taking shape in the ’90s, during which time mastermind Julian Koster also became a key member of Neutral Milk Hotel and a contributor to The Olivia Tremor Control and other legendary members of the enormously influential Elephant 6 collective. ... more

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