With a new book, reissue campaign, and new collaboration with Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl, it’s officially Robert Wyatt Season. Welcome to The Free Will and Testament of Robert Wyatt, a playlist featuring favorites and deep cuts selected by Aquarium Drunkard founder Justin Gage. An introduction to the strange but wonderful world of Robert Wyatt.
“The missing links in my life’s work, no less!” – Robert Wyatt
How’s that for an endorsement? Though two of the tracks were later re-recorded by the group (appearing on Soft Machine’s second and third albums), Wyatt’s original renderings provide much more than a cursory, academic glimpse into the nascent material. Loose, intimate and inspired, these nearly forgotten demos document the young artist’s muse in motion during an ascendant period of Soft Machine’s creative trajectory.