London-based sonic pioneers Standard Planets have released their second single 'Dumbo Dumbo', a reworking of an unreleased Arthur Russell track.
This is a collaboration with Arthur's Landing, and it's got a back story worthy of its musical lineage. The groundwork for "Dumbo Dumbo" was completed (but never actually committed to tape) by Arthur Russell during the infamous CBS/Dinosaur L recording sessions of 1978 but, for reasons unknown, was shelved at the last minute. But, with the help of Arthur's Landing, Standard Planets have pieced together the remnants of this long forgotten gem and coalesced them into the track as it is today, which also happens to be the only known recording of this song. Simply put, "Dumbo Dumbo" is an adventure. It possesses all the hallmarks of a song that could only have come from the mind of Arthur Russell himself, resplendent with a dark mysticism encapsulated in the swirling synth refrains and propulsive, textured rhythms. But it also bears the heavy fingerprints of Standard Planets and their unique ability to build on those musical foundations to create a towering piece of sonic maximalism.