Something's Been Lost

by Maharadja Sweets

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A wonderful album to watch the rain form puddles to. There's an optimism that pervades the soothingly melancholic vocals. The music is something beautiful you may walk past that recalls a memory of a past life. It's like finding a scenic painting at a thrift store painted in thick brush strokes of beautiful blues and lush gold details. All in all a lovely trip. Favorite track: I Shall Be Released.
ZRoach
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ZRoach so touching. casually enlightening and endearing. careful, sloppy and friendly. like wet pine and warm-hued memory. beautiful. Favorite track: Love.
bortknockols
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bortknockols This album is so sweet and sad and real all at the same time. Perfectly encapsulates being alone after a New Years party after everyone else has gone home and being sad they're gone but happy that you'll be able to throw another one next year. Favorite track: I Shall Be Released.
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GRAND SUBURBIA I absolutely adore this album! It feels so real and makes you feel at home. Definitely my favorite release from Orange Milk Records. Can’t wait for the cassette to arrive :) Favorite track: Enosis.
Boy Pockets
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Boy Pockets it's not often you listen to something and can accurately describe the sound and mood as sad and wine drunk. Specifically sad wine drunk.

I cried for awhile. Favorite track: Four Days Before Thanksgiving.
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about

We discovered native New Yorker Maharadja Sweets' music in 2011 at an open mic performance in the coffee shop my label partner Seth was working. Richard’s sound was a bizarre mixture of improvised electronics and folk music, it was very different from what we had been curating at the time, but it had a rare and heartfelt allure that was hard to ignore. Now ‘Something’s Been Lost’ will be his third album we’ve released, and I believe it’s his most beautiful and stripped down work.

Sweets devoted most of the 90's to recording this album, after purchasing a reel to reel recorder (the legendary monstrous 80 lb Tascam 388) so he could properly express his deepest self on something better than the beat-up 4-track cassette recorder he was banging out albums on previously. It took about 9 years for him to warm up, get the tracks down right, and complete the project. Then he let it sit for another 17 years...

In 2019 the music on 'Something's Been Lost' could sit beside underground musicians like R Stevie Moore, Martin Newell, or East River Pipe, though it’s filled with a cleaner sound and direct sentiment. For instance the song “Four Days Before Thanksgiving” is a simple piece about the minutia of companionship, romanticizing the act of making plans. In it’s specificity it takes on an almost paradoxically universal quality, turning the act of being in love into a secular religious experience. The cover of Bob Dylan and the Band’s “I Shall Be Released” similarly plays up the sentiment of spiritual and physical release, a feeling that is maintained throughout the album through sparse arrangements for voice, guitar, and piano.

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released May 3, 2019

Recorded by Maharadja Sweets
Artwork by Keith Rankin

All words and music by Maharadja Sweets with the following exceptions:

Enosis - words by Christopher Cranch
Awaken The Drunks - Rumi poem from the book "Hush, Don't Say Anything to God: Passionate Poems of Rumi" by Shahram Shiva.
Visit Rumi.net for more info.
I Shall Be Released - words and music by Bob Dylan, Dwarf Music

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