Album Review

Jarboe – “Disburden Disciple ” – [Self Produced]

Thurston Hunger   5/29/2006   A Library, CD

Sepulchral chanteuse weavers her venomous voice
through a forest of hunting basslines, harpies
on harps, wolves beying, guitars spraying blood.
The cuts are deep here, hidden beneath the
flesh this time. Self-inflicted, self-produced,
self-owned. Songs build slowly, teasing like
mountains poking through clouds, glistening
eventually at the tops. That sonic shimmer of
latter Swans/M. Gira releases. Programmed
tribal drums and her high priestess self
channelling multiple voices of ache, of age,
of anguish…of tormenter and tormented. I am
transfixed by her strange range of voice. Jarboe
journeys to Israel and discovers the irony and
ire of “Pure War”, she journeys to hell and hands
the damned torch songs. -Thurston Hunger

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