The Free Will and Testament of Robert Wyatt

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.

Robert Wyatt :: Rivmic Melodies

“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.