June 5, 2024

Soul Whirling Somewhere to release live album ‘ProjektFest’96’


Soul Whirling Somewhere to release live album 'ProjektFest'96'

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(Photo by E. Katie Holm) Out on June 28 via Projekt Records is the album “ProjektFest’96” by the indie folk act Soul Whirling Somewhere. The material was recorded live at the Vic Theater, Chicago, Il, on June 25th, 1996.

Soul Whirling Somewhere aka Michael Plaster is one of Projekt’s classic 90s artists, and had recorded two albums into his career when this material was recorded live. Although usually working with keyboards and guitars, Michael stripped his music to its acoustic essence here.

The sources for this live recording was a front-of-house board-recorded DAT tape and it captures Michael performing nine tracks including the never released “Everything starts and everything ends in march” and “National monument”. It also included four tracks from 2CD “Hope was” which was still two years in the future.

Projekt’s Sam Rosenthal says: “For the past 28 years I’ve had ProjektFest’96 front-of-house board-recorded DAT tapes in a box in my studio. Years ago when I tried playing them they squeaked horribly. I thought time had been unkind to these tapes. A few weeks ago, I saw the tapes in the bottom of the box while looking for other DATs; I thought to give them a try as I have a new old DAT machine in my studio these days. And low and behold, this tape played perfectly. It’s so nice to hear Michael’s set again after all of these years, flashing back to the two-day event with 1000 people in attendance. The 90s were really good to Projekt and our artists! After 23 years of no new music from Michael’s Soul Whirling Somewhere, it’s wonderful to release this music for his and Projekt’s fans.”

Here’s Michael performing “Enjoy The Silence“. One of the best covers around.

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