Mike Cooper has traced a path completely his own for the past 50 years as an international musical explorer, lap steel guitarist, singer, improviser and composer, performing and recording, solo and in a number of inspired groupings and a variety of genres. stretching the possibilities of the guitar with an eclectic mix of the many styles he has practiced over the years.
Buy Batteries And Shelter Pets by Mike Cooper, BandCamp, 2022 on #neuguitars #blog
Buy Batteries And Shelter Pets was the advice given to the UK residents recently, preceding the advance of three major storms across the countries. Almost as absurd as the advice of “put a brown paper bag over your head and get under your desk” given to us as school children in the 1960s should a nuclear attack be expected, but that was of course ‘last century’.
In the 21st Century it seems the absurd has not gone away and parts of our so called civilisation are in fact still living in the middle ages while others stagger backwards and forwards in a seemingly schizophrenic digital nightmare as our politicians not only fail us but are in fact destroying us.
These two pieces were recorded on February 25th and 26th 2022 as Russia invades the Ukraine. On Room 40 I am usually associated with a more tranquil, ambient style of music but these two pieces are an expression of my outrage and impotence.
“Protest and attract attention/ Our emotional style will register annoyance..”
Mike Cooper/Valencia/Spain – March 1st 2022.
released March 4, 2022
All proceeds from sales of this edition will go to The Red Cross relief fund for those in he Ukraine.
Credits – All music Mike Cooper / Recorded 25th/26th February 2022/Valencia/Spain.
Mike Cooper – Processed Lap Steel Guitar heard as played no overdubs.