Montag, 24. Juli 2017

Art Bears - Winter Songs

Finding distribution on the Residents' Ralph Records label, the Art Bears' second album consists of 12 songs of various tensions: rest vs. speed, improv vs. pulse, space vs. density, Dagmar Kraus's vocals vs. everyone else.

As usual, Chris Cutler's lyrics tell political allegories through medieval-tinged stories: slaves, castles, and wheels of fortune (and industry) dominate. Fred Frith explores discordance through his guitar, and European folk figures through his always enjoyable violin.

Though not as confrontational as their other work, the centerpiece has to be the frantic "Rats and Monkeys" with three minutes of teeth-gritting, out-of-control insanity as all three players are plugged into a wall outlet and let rip. A guaranteed lease breaker if played often enough.

A1The Bath Of Stars
A2First Things First
A4The Summer Wheel
A5The Slave
A6The Hermit
A7Rats And Monkeys
B1The Skeleton
B2The Winter Wheel
B3Man And Boy
B4Winter / War
B63 Figures
B73 Wheels

Art Bears - Winter Songs
(320 kbps, cover art included)

3 Kommentare:

mad as a box of frogs hat gesagt…

oh god YES!

rev.b hat gesagt…

An unusual album to be featured in July......

alfred venison hat gesagt…

thank you, i'm looking forward to hearing frith again & this album/band. -a.v.

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