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Album Review

Algiz – “Claire-Voie” – [Tursa]

Thurston Hunger   5/16/2013   A Library, CD

1996 recording, not only produced by Tony Wakeford but released
on his Tursa label. Algiz, a quartet+ from Belgium, return the
favor and cover Death in June’s “Fall Apart.” That is the one
song in English, and the only one sung by Jean-Francois Brohee.
Everything else is in French, singer Leila Janssens offers fairy
tale madrigal voice over music that may have an earthy pagan folk
core (behold the 12-string guitar), but works in a lot of programmed
percussion in a deft, but not overpowering manner. So you get the
medieval rush of an artful joust with laser precision. For a variety
of reasons, I wish the lyrics were in English. Most of the second
half of the album, sans “Fall Apart” has no words (though some
excellent disembodied work by Janssens.) Mourning in the meadow
violin (Brohee) and cello (Alexandra Debert) join in fray. Check
the digital thunder stomp and tabla roll at the end of “Dehors, La
Plenitude I” (DJ’s may want to let that flow into II with Janssen’s
yearning vox.) “Organique” has an icy Projekt kind of feel, and
“La Chaise (sur l’eau)” floats on a weird chomping loop before the
renaissance festival hits. Actually that instrumental was my favorite
track, covering a lot territory and it sets up the Death in June
cover very nicely.
-Thurston Hunger

you heard it 17 times on kfjc! most recently:
stenchy says

great review. it is perhaps worth mentioning that 'Fall Apart' was actually written several years after Wakeford 'departed' Death In June.


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