Chamber Prog-Detritus 1
Momus's Glass is a recording project of the composer Jerry Hughes, who wrote, performed and produced all the music on this album. Here is what he said about the genesis of the project: "I woke up with this song in my head. Peter Gabriel's 'And through the wire.' I hadn't heard that song in ages. In fact, I hadn't listened to any of the music I loved as a youth for many years. I'd been concentrating on musical theater and contemporary classical music. But that night I fired up the old turntable and played that song. ("And through the dust" more like) And then I played "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway." Then "Selling England" and "Close to the Edge." Every night for a month I listened to all these albums I had been packing and unpacking through the years. Pure visceral joy. And when the turntable broke, I went through the bags of cassettes. Then I began searching online and - here I show my age - actually buying music. Music from bands from that time but which I had somehow missed. Van der Graaf Generator, King Crimson, PFM, Harmonium, Gentle Giant, and many others. And newer bands, Porcupine Tree, Anglagard, Transatlantic. How could I have missed all this wonderful music? Soon the madness began. I found myself being drawn to Manny's Music. On the way, it began to dawn on me that while theater was great and concerts were perfectly fine, what I truly loved about music was the record. The recording, not necessarily vinyl (and with the shape my records were in, definitely not vinyl), the recording was the thing for me. I got there only moments after they announced they were closing for good. With all the naïveté and brash cluelessness of a fourteen year old, I bought my first electric guitar. A vintage sunburst Les Paul. (Okay, it was an Epiphone, but still.) Then I began to ask myself: could I make a real record with my own fake band?"