I was first introduced to Harold Budd way back there in the mid 80’s. 1986 to be exact when he collaborated with Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie & Simon Raymonde (aka Cocteau Twins) on the album The Moon And The Melodies. To this day it’s still one of may favorite releases. It’s so freaking gorgeous! Fast forward to present day and many, many albums and collaborations later and we have a brand new Harold Budd coming our way June 3rd on Darla Records (although, I did click the link and it looks like the digital download might be available for purchase now). I’ve only heard what’s available on their site and so far I’m loving it. Here’s what Budd says about the new album, which by the way is called Jane 1-11… “It’s simple. I broke out and broke back to my earlier days: A triangle of risk, improvisation and joy — as I say, very simple. My rules to myself were: No plan, no notes, no ideas, no microphones; except for Jane 1 I stuck to it. My other rule — the most important one — was: At least one piece per day, finished, mixed and not to be revisited again. Jane 7, 8, 9 were done in one day… Brad Ellis was my guide through this: An untiring day, ready to go again… To quote a letter to me from Mark Tobey: … “It fell off the edge of my brush.”” — Harold Budd

Sample and pre-order the album here.