From the record label:
"Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun is as much a "greatest hits" as it is a "debut album" for Ben LaMar Gay. It's a collection of music composed, performed & produced by the anomalous Southside Chicago-born, sometimes Brazil-residing artist, compiled from 7 albums he made over the last 7 years but never made the effort to actually release.
"With its title taken from the mantra Ben repeats across several tracks on 'Grapes' (1 of the 7 aforementioned albums), Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun is our effort to channel the rainbow of sonic expressions, art & poetry beaming from the ark of his unreleased catalogue into a cohesive & communicable compilation. It's as good of an introduction to Ben LaMar Gay as we could fit onto a single LP. To call it "eclectic" would only scratch the surface. This music is everything.”
12-inch | LP vinyl record
Chicago-born composer and cornetist Ben LaMar Gay graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Northeastern Illionois University. Over his career, he has collaborated with the likes of Bixiga 70, Black Monks of Mississippi, Celso Fonseca, George Lewis, Nicole Mitchell, Jeff Parker and many others.