On Dry Land
For Rimarimbas 1984 album On Dry Land, Robert Cox advances along the terrain explored on Below The Horizon. Its an enchanting album, one which, at times, seems to comment on its own practice; a picture of everyday life in the hobbyists, or part-time musicians, recording studio. Some moments point towards the tourist-explorer aesthetic that would eventually coalesce under the banner of Fourth World music. Other moments where Cox seems to be channelling an otherness, a kind of hauntological reverie, the feeling of music that gives us an uncanny sense of déjà vu. Writer David Keenans description of Japanese naïve-pop group Maher Shalal Hash Bazs music, that it feels like sketches of places where we once were, places now made poignant by our absence feels like an alternate take On Dry Land.