EX LUNA is NYC-born producer, songwriter and musician, J.
(Project LAFAYETTE) was composed during a Kerouac road trip through the birthplace of the Mississippi Delta blues, landing in the heart of Cajun-Zydeco music: Lafayette, Louisiana. Leaving home inWilliamsburg, Brooklyn, New York in October 2014, J. found himself broke, busted and
stranded in New Orleans. Following the fate of a New Orleans coin-toss and a blinding, roadside thunderstorm, J. landed in Lafayette, Louisiana, and lived for a month in a communal room at a Cajun music bar and hostel. Welcomed by legendary Cajun musicians, and generous, inspiring swamp-born locals, J. learned first-hand about Cajun and Zydeco music, history and culture.
These new friends rented J. the “Magical Factory" on Simcoe Avenue: an industrial complex and home toartists, sculpture studios, an indoor skate park and a convenience store with cheap Cajun food, cheaperliquor but sturdy bars on the windows.
EX LUNA recorded (Project LAFAYETTE) at the Magical Factory from November-December 2014, in a lime-green “reverb room” using nothing more than a laptop, a four-track Fostex cassette recorder, a broken Fastrack-Pro, one Sure SM-57 microphone, and whichever guitar wasn’t yet pawned.
(Project LAFAYETTE) is EX LUNA’s expression of the enlightenment that J. experienced on the road: from the struggle of simply finding food, shelter and purpose amongst endless billboard ads, chain stores and fast-food franchises, and the frustration of dusty, boarded and abandoned main streets in the heart of the Delta south, to the miracles witnessed only by the deprived and abandoned: a stranger sharing his last smoke, a swarm of ladybugs in a quiet room offered selflessly by a stranger, a smile by a cashier non-judgmentally offering to pay that extra $1.19 you thought you had for whiskey.
J. went down south to learn the blues. And J. wound up living the blues.
(Project LAFAYETTE) is being pre-released independently and freely on freemusicarchive.org: the Creative Commons, free music website curated by legendary independent radio stations such as New York City’sWFMU and Seattle’s KXEP.
A fully-mastered release of EX LUNA (Project LAFAYETTE), containing bonus material will be released soon.
Freaks for tomorrow. Freaks for today.
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