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    Wollesen, Kenny / Haffner, Jonathon / Naujo, Dalius – “Rasa Rasa” – [Tzadik]

    rasa_rasa
    The Mystery of *Lithuanian* Voices? Wollesen, a former
    Santa Cruzer, working in NYC with fellow drummer Dalius
    Naujo, guitar/saxman Jonathon Haffner and plenty of
    friends plus these amazing Lithuanian Ladies who Lunch!
    Seriously, I feel like you could be on death’s door
    and they would surround you and bathe you in their
    phonic rounds, waves of sound permeating you and
    restoring you to health. Their voices are by no means
    all there is to this album, and the genius of the
    project is how they are placed (well that and maybe
    the army of “Wollesonics” employed!) Listen to “Ti Ti Ti”
    at the end how it fizzles out into a distant phone call
    to 1957 and the birds fly in the window. Or how about
    the arctic sweeps of electronics and wisps of the
    women’s voices blowing through “Pasisecia”. “Einu” has
    a rusty concrete intro, those voices pulling you
    between a New Orleans funeral and some guitar bombast!
    Check the love of dub found in “Rasele.” And let’s not
    leave out Giuseppe_Zevola (whom I sure hope is this guy
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giuseppe_Zevola!)
    The steady sway of the lithe Lithuaniacs (their voices
    like a sacred see-saw, know what I mean), versus Zevola
    who bursts in passionate dramatic flair to start “I
    Love My Friends” and he gets the last word on the album
    too. I thought on first blush he was some Japanese
    madman who had lost his taiko troupe. I have no idea
    what he or the women are singing, but I believe every
    word! Miraculous meistrikumas!

    PS There may be a CD defect on “I Love My Mother” !@#!@#$!
    which is another joy of pop-corn electronics, wind-up toy
    and voices! Maybe we can get a replacement copy from KW?!?!

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 30, 2015 at 6:08 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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