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Mirah “C’mon Miracle” [K Records]

Mirah, Mirah on the wall, whose Cat has the most Power of them
all? Acoustic guitar, triple espresso, librarian loosening up,
songcraft here won’t disappoint the K Recs kognoscenti. Mirah
is Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn, she has spent time in the Microphones
and Phil Elvrum is on board here to engineer. Indeed “Look Up!”
gets the M’s squelchy drum trademark sound. Splatch splatch.
The percussion here is often painted pinpoint perfect to expand
the plaintiff songs at their centers. Other peculiar touches
are added (although nothing quite as cinematic results as the
lush treatment found on the recent “Cold, Cold Water 7″.) But
this is nowhere near overproduced, indeed great restraint is
used more often than not, “You’ve Gone Away Enough” has these
nice breathy verses a la Kate Bush’s illegitimate daughter.
Really this is more power folk, than pop…while the songs are
short they canter, never gallop. Horse Power? Even the album
title sounds like a shout to show at the sweeepstakes.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 29, 2004 at 4:30 pm
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  • Kyriakides, Yannis “a conSPIracy cantata” [Unsounds]

    The premise is promising to me at least, searching for a
    connection between Conet style transmissions and the Delphic
    Oracle. Something about a human voice, or in this case two,
    that tends to make the more difficult music at KFJC a little
    more readily received. The piano on here is sharp, and notes
    are dropped on what feel like curves plotted algorithmically.
    Static blurts and morse meanderings add signal strength to the
    sparse “symphony.” Tracks #4 and #5 stood out for me. #6 adds
    a Latin air to the proceedings. The two other compositions
    feature a slow gyroscopic drone (#7) and the last track is a
    new sort of insect killer, it lures them out onto a dancefloor
    of sorts where they tiptoe between spiked heels and bopping
    boots. Bravo Echo Bravo!

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 28, 2004 at 2:51 am
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  • Motor “Freeze ” [Kuroneko]

    I’ve always been one to prefer waves to beats, and this
    album laps at your ears. It’s as if the tips of more
    abrasive noises and rhythms were snipped off, and this
    slides in under the barbed wire surrounding the dance
    floor. At times, a liquid ebb and flow ala the tides
    and timings of Basic Channel works its way in. Other
    than that here you are placed in a desolate factory,
    hearing the hum and whirr of machines behind closed
    doors. One item of note, evidently the man behind the
    wheels and knobs of Motor is working out of Moscow?’
    Or maybe not, more mystery to add to the metal mist.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 1, 2004 at 4:38 pm
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  • Magic is Kuntmaster “Night Songs for Ugly Children” [Nihilist Records]

    Camilla Ha is the woman behind the Magic. Working out
    of Chicago these days and coming in with a sound that
    has sort of the reverb-drenched vocal stylings of the
    Ventricle label blended with digital depth charges.
    I think she plays a midi-bass with a maxipad. This CD
    is sonically dense…although the instrumentation is
    sparse. Her singing is more whispery muttering, like
    Julee Cruise singing to you through pipes after being
    abducted and kept in an underground reservoir. It’s not
    as colorful as its packaging, more fashionably drab. I
    dig this in an urban decay and dismay way. “Sea Squid”
    and the “Lullaby” are made of less heavy mettle, more
    bubbles in those. If you’ve heard of bands “Foamula”
    and “My Name is Rar Rar” then you are already familiar
    with Ms. Ha, so why are you reading this? Depress play.
    Let the music be your Kuntmaster…

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 1, 2004 at 4:17 pm
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