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    Voicehandler – “Song Cycle” – [Humbler]

    Wow, excellent local Oakland duo on the Humbler label.
    Jacob Felix Heule, no stranger to KFJC nor to strangeness,
    teams up with Danishta Rivero. Rivero is more than just
    a pretty voice (although her plaintive song and scratchy
    ch-ch-choked up parts make for an enchanting intro. She
    also (wo)mans the Hydrophonium, an experimental instrument
    of her own design apparently.
    http://www.danishtarivero.com/hydrophonium.html
    She gets pretty Shelley Hirschy, and Heule bows on things
    without strings for “empty and without pain.” Rivero’s voice
    is often the focused approach, but Heule’s backing plunky
    percussion and deft electronics are not deferential. “a
    meager labyrinth” is a drift with sonic fog, “mi falible
    mano” has Rivero doing the vocal histrionics of either
    the avant garde or a demonic possession. Ideally both.
    The album ends with bang, not a whimper or an exorcism.
    Heule’s percussion more present, with cymbal and snare,
    Rivero, tracked into the machine and overdubbing, is
    this a re-mix of the earlier pieces? Everything all at
    once, forever? While I’m not sure I follow the text
    through the cycle, their reading list (Borges, Burroughs
    and Hamsun) is on the money for me (check liner notes).
    SF Arts felt proud of this duo too, aiding this Humbler
    work with a 2012 grant. Listen up!
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 1, 2015 at 7:06 pm
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