Arthur Russell, “You Did It Yourself”

Arthur Russell
“You Did It Yourself”
Iowa Dream (out 11.15 on Audika)
There’s something very fitting about a new project of recordings by the late, great Arthur Russell dropping 6 weeks before the end of the decade. In many ways, the multi-instrumentalist’s sound feels at home along the wildly experimental, genre-fluid music that has defined this decade.

Like many of his best songs, “You Did It Yourself” defies categorization, featuring touches of dance, folk, pop, and indie. And even though he passed away almost 30 years ago, it still feels impossibly modern, underling what a genius he was and how impactful his art still is. Posthumous albums are always kind of dicey, but I can’t think of a better person to bookend this weird, wonderful decade of music.

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