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    Volvox “Bad Earth” [Dual Plover]

    This album poses a lot of questions. What would you do with
    your life if you survived a three-story fall through a plate
    glass window? And what if the stories were taller tales than
    that? Where did the “Five Seconds of Marmots” go exactly?
    Who is this “Lester Vat” (aka Anthony Riddell). His bellicose
    bellowing is certainly what lingers in your ears. Still the
    sonic crumpling, oscillating, and burstling that surrounds
    these thought and tone poems is vital. Like there is something
    really important going on in the next door apartment, and
    they’ve got the radio sliding around the dial, and the TV is
    on a polynesian soap opera… And what is that guy saying,
    exactly? Evidently Riddell is born with a speech impediment
    that he has turned into a speech instrument…stretching and
    repeating words, he alternatively seems to be both delighted
    and disturbed by the difficulty in communicating. And maybe
    not just his, but everyone’s. The lyrics often do focus on
    this phenomenon. Tracks are revived from original cassette
    tapes, and at times, it sounds like the oxide itself is being
    chewed and gargled and choked on. Outstanding early 90’s
    Australian art-damaged, body-damaged experimusing.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 30, 2005 at 4:25 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD,Format
  • 1 comment

  • One Comment

    lester wasn’t born with a speech impediment the three story fall did that

  • Comment by lucas abela, April 4th, 2006 7:41 pm

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