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    Bevel – “Down the Puppet String, Mario ” – [Jagjaguwar Records]

    Via Nuon (MANISHEVITZ, CURIOUS DIGIT) dips backward and
    forward for his third solo release (following 2002’s masterpiece,
    ‘Where Leaves Block the Sun?, mainly with some work began as
    long ago as 1998, remixed & upended with the able assistance
    of Michael Krassner (piano, etc.), Gerald Dowd (drums) & the
    mournful sounds of Deanna Varagona (baritone sax). Included
    here is the DONOVAN cover meant originally for the
    tribute compilation ( # 2) and five other most afferent fragments
    heavy in Day Residue and a memory of a dream-day still immersed
    in its own construction. Nuon’s sense of avoided trauma is, as
    always, heightened by his first line of defense mechanism, which
    is an unfailing sense of melody in the service of art (could Varagona
    sound more like a cellist?) where colors and textures subdue the
    most rampant of fears manifest in his musical subconscious, and
    therein lies the secret – of a gentle soul whose perceptual powers
    address a kinesthetic imagery of tracked thoughts (people & places)
    and tasty guitar licks that are ever >outro in a life of farewells – sad,
    denuded and somehow out of the reach of fantasy or primogeniture.
    Flashing with simple beauty like the purest of gestures, BEVEL is a
    most subtle and inspired genius in his own right. Noncancomparesville.

    MITCH December 2003

  • Reviewed by mitch on August 30, 2006 at 11:18 pm
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