Vision Songs Vol. 1 (1984) is the LARAAJI album like no
other, located at the intersection of new age and gospel. It is
both his outlier and magnum opus, the feel-good DIY tape
of the century.
Discovered busking in Washington Square Park by Brian Eno in
the late 70s, engagement with the eternal flow has led Laraaji
to, seemingly by magic, emerge as the most beloved avatar of the
unstoppable new age music revival of recent years.
Now Vision Songs rewrites Laraaji's musical history. Unlike
the many instrumental, free form albums upon which his
reputation was built, this is an album of songs, with lyrics,
verses, choruses. Vision Songs is literally a revelation
-- of a master songwriter whose unbelievably catchy best
compositions such as 'We Shall Be Lifted', 'All Of A
Sudden', and 'Is This Clear?' belong in any great American
Casio synth jams recorded at spiritual retreat guest rooms
and a tiny bedroom on the Upper West Side, lysergicallyspectacular
anthems for a continually arriving new moment,
'channeled,' as Laraaji states in the album's eloquent liner
notes, 'from the sky,' previously available in an edition of
100 cassettes sold at yoga retreats and on the streets of New
York City, Vision Songs is humbly offered on vinyl and CD for the first time.