- In depth liner notes by Douglas Mcgowan and Jason Patrick Woodbury
- Extraordinary cover art by astronomer / entomologist Étienne Trouvelot
- Remastered audio, including a previously unreleased track and several others previously cassette only
- 3xLP with deluxe Stoughton “tip-on” jackets and slipcase
- 6xLP bundle includes:
I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age Music In America 1950-1990 (LITA 107) 3xLP in black vinyl and The Microcosm: Visionary Music of Continental Europe, 1970-1986 (LITA 143) 3xLP in “Introspective Indigo” vinyl
The follow up to Light In The Attic’s game-changing I Am The Center box set is finally here. The Microcosm: Visionary Music Of Continental Europe, 1970-1986 is the first major overview of key works from cosmically-taped in artists needing little introduction — Vangelis, Ash Ra Tempel, and Popol Vuh — and unknown masterpieces by criminally overlooked heroes like Bernard Xolotl, Robert Julian Horky and Enno Velthuys.
Whereas I Am The Center called for a reconsideration of an entire maligned genre, The Microcosm requests nothing more than an open mind to consider this ambient, new age, neuzeit, prog, krautrock, cosmic, holistic stuff, whatever one calls it — as a pulsating movement unto itself, a mirror refracting the American new age scene in unexpected, electrifying ways, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt the universality of the timeless quest to express “the Ineffable” through music.
Drawing from major label budgets and homemade cassette distributed circumstances alike, The Microcosm demonstrates a depth of peace profound to behold, and clearly expands the boundaries. Lovingly conceived and lavishly presented by producer Douglas Mcgowan (Yoga Records) and liner notes contributor Jason Patrick Woodbury (Pitchfork, Aquarium Drunkard), The Microcosm features stunning cover paintings by Étienne Trouvelot, and labels by Finnish savant Aleksanda Ionowa.