G. B. Beckers - Walkman (LP)


Quickly earning a reputation as a masterpiece of personal vision, painter G.B. Beckers’ hand-painted private-press album Walkman, is a stark and intimate experience from start to finish. Accurately capturing the privileged privacy implied by the title, the album feels like it’s whispered directly in your ear. Beckers deploys a brilliant economy of sound, carefully arranged acoustic guitar, primitive drum machine, synth and voice. The space and reverb in these songs play a similar role to the blank canvas in his expressionist paintings. Although clearly created for close, intimate listenings, I had the auspicious experience of hearing this album on a stellar Klipschorn system and it was monumental, you could hear Becker’s breath and each corner of the room he recorded the album in. Up in the great and extremely personal realm of Luciano Cilio, Enno Velthuys, Marlene Dumas and Francis Bacon, and although it’s a lonely walk, Beckers still manages to find beauty in the sublime and brooding sky.

EX - Unplayed vintage stock, all the covers are hand written and contain a unique illustration. Some foxing and minor seem split.

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