- Artist: Philip Gounis & Rich Kruse
- Format: CD
- Release Date:7/19/2005
What a hoot ! This is some wild stuff ! A brand, spanking new genre...calls to mind that song lyric that says it all, 'I can't stand the way he sings, but I love to hear him talk'...the new genre is 'Spoka' spoken word that people can dance to... Only Philip Gounis and Rich Kruse could have pulled this off ! Gounis is a word slinger, word swinger extraordinaire who's been at it since Pindar was a pup. Whether articulating the rhythms and rhymes of River Styx readers in Saint Louis, Mo .way back when there really was an underground press/radio or co-founding that confounding journal of politics, conspiracy & culture that Oliver Stone cited as one of his best sources; Philip Gounis was and is a man of The Word. Rich Kruse is the original kid avatar of the axe. Cutting his wisdom & blues teeth with maestros Lightin' Hopkins & Left Handed Frank Craig, he went on to emulate and in many ways transcend the contemporary masters of art rock in the Seventies and Eighties. This is especially evident in the way he instrumentally navigates tunes all over the musical map of this disc- and does it most demonstrably with his incomparable synthesizer and keyboard magic. But how do you explain this collaboration to the old folks at home? Langston Hughes meets Frank Zappa ? Kenneth Rexroth bonds with Rick Wakeman? You go figure it out! Suffice to say the material is beyond unique; but not so much that you won't find yourself taken by the melodies with the words resonating in your brain. This is authentic rock 'em, sock 'em, who WAS that masked marvel? modern music ! It's dreamy sometimes...creamy others...but always emanating that main message home...that Form Matters!