It’s been good to see R. Stevie Moore recently getting some wider recognition beyond the fervent micro-cult that’s long surrounded him.
The generously bearded “godfather of lo-fi”, has been acknowledged as an inspiration by a significant number of DIY artists, among them Guided By Voices and Apples In Stereo, but there’s been a swell of appreciation of late, led by the likes of John Maus, MGMT, The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess (pictured above with Moore) and Ariel Pink – the latter has even compiled an official, super-limited cassette of his favourite recordings by the Nashville native (Ariel Pink’s Picks Vol.1, released 2011) and collaborated with him on this year’s Klu Klux Glam.
Tim Burgess’s O Genesis label, having released a 7″ single for Record Store Day on which Moore and The Vaccines covered songs by each other, has put together a Moore compilation entitled Lo Fi Hi Fives: A Kind of Best Of. The tracklist is still under wraps, but we do know it will be released on vinyl and CD around June 8. More information we have it.
Londoners can catch R. Stevie Moore live at the Field Day festival this Saturday, part of his extensive European tour (full dates here).