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Cosey Fanni Tutti – “Time to Tell” – [World Serpent Dist.]

The wonderful Cosey Fanni Tutti: stripper, nudie model, guitarist, Throbbing Gristle founding member, transgressive performance artist, and perpetual ray of sunshine. This 2000 CD comprises tracks intended to accompany performance art ‘actions’ by Ms. Tutti from 1983 and 1984, originally released on a limited cassette. Its dark, spacey scapes were accomplished with electronics and ambient guitar work, and showcase Cosey’s sonic vision immediately post-Gristle. The performances themselves must have been heartstopping affairs, but the music stands alone. It sounds a bit like her work with Gristle, especially, unsurprisingly, her solo track on ‘DOA,’ with a deeply mystical and feminine atmosphere. Lengthy t.2 features a reverbed-out lecture from Cosey on the interpersonal aspects of the striptease, a vocation the artist held sporadically (as an art experiment) during the late 70s and early 80s. Her sultry, intellectual monologue style pops up a bit on other tracks too, but it’s sometimes hard to tell what she’s saying because of the effects. For more information on the insane performances these tracks accompanied, which focused on demystification of the female body (hence the album’s title), don’t miss the fascinating liner notes. “…I have lost the element within me which suggests as a woman I must always appear sexually presentable.” Girl power!

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on October 10, 2012 at 7:12 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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