Wall Matthews, founding member of The Entourage Music and Theater Ensemble beamed into Celsius Drop to shine light on the obscure yet impactful group’s history. Formed in 1970, Entourage performed long form sets fusing varied sonic elements into their own unidentifiable genre. Weaving together modern dance, poetry, lighting design and flowing sound they created immersive, dream-state environments. The group released two critically acclaimed recordings on Folkways, a 1973 self-titled album followed by The Neptune Collection in 1975, famously sampled by Four Tet on his song “She Moves She”.
Entourage’s sole surviving member Wall Matthews, carries the light forward by honoring the group’s heritage and reviving its innovative spirit through performance. He recently oversaw the Tompkins Square Records album Ceremony of Dreams : Studio Sessions & Outtakes, 1972-1977, a collection of 30 previously unreleased archival tracks. Enjoy this interview with Wall Matthews including a mix of Entourage songs he personally selected and sequenced. Press play and you’ll understand why Entourage believed, “Communication Is The Outer World’s Intersection With The Inner World.”
Days (early version)
The Two Snails Who Went to The Funeral Of A Dead Leaf
Journey By Water
Temple Of Whales
The Shores Of God (full)
(All selections are taken from Ceremony of Dreams : Studio Sessions & Outtakes, 1972-1977 except “Neptune Rising” from The Neptune Collection on Folkways.)