45 45s # 9 Money Mark – Insects are all around us / Cry (Mo’ Wax, 1995)

Money MarkFrom a resolutely 12 inch-oriented label came this far rarer double A side seven inch outing. In 1995 Beastie Boys’ keyboardist Mark Ramos Nishita produced an album of hit-and-miss musical vignettes, Mark’s keyboard repair, of which this was the highlight, pairing a scratchy but highly effective piece of organ-playing with a blue undertow of a groove, the music bracketed by seasoned audio of an American broadcaster talking about crickets. Be warned – once you’ve heard it, it won’t leave your brain, any more than the sound of a meadow full of crickets stridulating does. But allow Money Mark’s keyboard hooks in, and you will also learn how to tell the temperature by crickets, and that’s surely a valuable piece of knowledge in anyone’s book.

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