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    Jist, The – “Jist, The” – [Va Fongool]

    the_jist
    My calculations may be off, but from here at KFJC it
    appears that half of Norway are talented experimental
    musicians. Natalie Sandtorv who sonically descends
    from Shelley Hirsch and Maja Ratkje, performs nearly
    non-stop vocal microbatics. On a bus, you would avoid
    making eye contact, in a small art gallery, you gaze
    intently at her and marvel at the susurrations that
    close out #4, the swoons and squeaks on #1, the croaky
    throat and gasps that open #5 before more strangulated
    bleat-offs ensue. I think of Hirsch on that piece thanks
    to the quick puckers and pops, the stacatto dotting of
    almost-words. I miss Hirsch’s ability to weave a story
    in between the mouth madness, but maybe Sandtorv is
    doing so, and I’m not on the same wavelength. During #5
    towards the end, I think the’s trying to say something
    about Norway, a warning or an invite, I could not tell.
    On the next track, again her lips are moving (often
    rapidly) but I can’t quite hear what she’s saying.
    Cuckoo bird trills disrupt my speech receptors. My favorite
    piece was #2, confused me nicely, is it epileptic sex, or a
    baseball game watched while hiding under the stands and
    freezing? Behind every wonderful weird woman, there is
    often a man saying, hey is there any way you’d try this
    on stage? How about if I tweak out on my guitar like
    a frozen Derek Bailey being resurrected? That man in the
    icy shadows here is Torgeir Hovden Standal, he takes
    charge on the last track, while Natalie knobs out on
    her electronics. I like the concept of “The Jist” being
    their improvised response to certain concepts (see the
    titles) but how well they achieve that I dunno, hope
    to hear/see more from ’em.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on August 16, 2014 at 10:54 pm
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