Peter Zummo Dress Code (Don't Look At My Car)

Optimo Music
3rd April 2023

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Black Vinyl

Extraordinary 2016 release from Optimo Music featuring Arthur Russell contemporary, Peter Zummo. This release is a mini album containing 30 minutes of music cut at 45rpm. It is a suite of songs based around this amazing track, “The Tape Is Chill”.


Peter Zummo: “In this project for Optimo, the listener can hear that my musical food pyramid has musicians at top, or maybe they are at the bottom. In any case, they are important. That is why, from track to track, I selected segments in which one player or another is featured in the take. Some may think that we musicians do multiple takes to get the perfect performance, but I like to find the special interactions lurking in each excursion. Different players came forward in each of the takes, which were recorded in the studios Seaside Lounge and Headroom, in Brooklyn, and live in performances at Cube Cinema, in Bristol, U.K., as well as in Long Island City and on Staten Island, New York.


In order to escape the tyranny of the lyric, I am exploring in this release the possibilities of nonsensical and non-emotional lyrics. These kinds of lyrics bring the singing voices into the mix without an overweening message. The tracks include open-form compositions in which the duration was not specified.”