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Edgar Loutit, Mark Lewis, Lily Bancovich, Sjaak de Jong, Julie Drysdale. (voice, etc.)
with: Harry Williamson (synthesizer), Robert Calvert (saxophone), Rob George (percussion)
Now here's something I don't hear everyday. A group of vocal improvisors,
accompanied on a few pieces by instrumentalists who blend in seemlessly.
They sound wordlessly in a myriad of ways, sometimes constructing invented
languages that somehow always remind me of Europe. Many pieces (I hesitate
to call them songs), are rhythm-based, with a single person declaiming or
wailing or sighing on top. (Is that the Robert Calvert from Hawkwind? Where
has he been?). Tacked on to the end of the CD are various out-takes/false
starts/goof-ups that, to my ear, sound almost rehearsed. Judging by the
liner notes, a lot more goes on in one of their performances than meets the
ear. The photos look very theatrical or "performance art", and there are
quotes from Hugo Ball, Artaud, Kazuo Ono, and a mention of John Stevens as
an influence. Quite a blend.