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    Algiz – “Claire-Voie” – [Tursa]

    algiz
    1996 recording, not only produced by Tony Wakeford but released
    on his Tursa label. Algiz, a quartet+ from Belgium, return the
    favor and cover Death in June’s “Fall Apart.” That is the one
    song in English, and the only one sung by Jean-Francois Brohee.
    Everything else is in French, singer Leila Janssens offers fairy
    tale madrigal voice over music that may have an earthy pagan folk
    core (behold the 12-string guitar), but works in a lot of programmed
    percussion in a deft, but not overpowering manner. So you get the
    medieval rush of an artful joust with laser precision. For a variety
    of reasons, I wish the lyrics were in English. Most of the second
    half of the album, sans “Fall Apart” has no words (though some
    excellent disembodied work by Janssens.) Mourning in the meadow
    violin (Brohee) and cello (Alexandra Debert) join in fray. Check
    the digital thunder stomp and tabla roll at the end of “Dehors, La
    Plenitude I” (DJ’s may want to let that flow into II with Janssen’s
    yearning vox.) “Organique” has an icy Projekt kind of feel, and
    “La Chaise (sur l’eau)” floats on a weird chomping loop before the
    renaissance festival hits. Actually that instrumental was my favorite
    track, covering a lot territory and it sets up the Death in June
    cover very nicely.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on May 16, 2013 at 12:11 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
  • 1 comment

  • One Comment

    great review. it is perhaps worth mentioning that ‘Fall Apart’ was actually written several years after Wakeford ‘departed’ Death In June.

  • Comment by stenchy, May 17th, 2013 8:52 pm

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