Lost for 30 years - The revolutionary album by one of dance music’s most influential producers finally saw the day of light in 2009. Containing a rather stunning array of synth-driven innovation, electonic music’s history books essentially will need to be rewritten. Catholic’s range from minimalistic proto-techno to synth-based post-punk still sounds as fresh as it is unique.
Patrick Cowley (1950-1982) remains one of disco’s most influential artists and a key producer of the genre. With seminal hits like “Do You Wanna Funk", “Menergy” and “Megatron Man", his work for disco superstar Sylvester and of course his million-selling remix of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love", he created the soundtrack for a whole generation. Artists like Depeche Mode, The Pet Shop Boys and New Order cite him as a major influence. With a whole new global Disco aficionado scene, now playing his records every weekend accross the world’s clubs, the context for this release was finally right.
It was a surprise when Macro announced an entire, previously unreleased Cowley album, written and performed in collaboration with Indoor Life vocalist Jorge Socarras. No re-issue, no material scrapped by the artists - but a work Cowley took 5 years to perfect. The original release got delayed for 3 decades due to Cowley’s tragic death due to AIDS in 1982. All the time the original reel to real tapes had then been hidden away in a basement in San Francisco. Recorded between 1976 and 1979, “Catholic” is a genre-bending concept album with a range from minimalistic proto-techno to synth-driven post-punk. It preceded an entire aesthetics to come, and this is why it wouldn’t sound retro if it was recorded just now. The album shows a much broader range than any other Cowley or Socarras material available and gives a totally new perspective to one of the most inspiring eras in music history.
released October 5, 2009
Synthesizers, Drum Machines, Guitars, Bass Guitar, Drums & Backing Vocals – Patrick Cowley
Vocals, Additional Keyboards, Percussion – Jorge Socarras
Written, recorded and arranged by Patrick Cowley
Music & lyrics by Jorge Socarras
Executive producer , Liner Notes – Jorge Socarras
Executive producer , Engineer [Pre-restoration 2009] – Stefan Goldmann
Restoration and Mastering – Rashad Becker
Artwork – Viet Hoa Le