Album Review

Dusa – “Dusa” – [Turmeric Magnitudes]

Thurston Hunger   8/20/2014   A Library, Cassette

Swedish gent, Daniel Jonsson, with a two-track foreboding
cassette of overlapping loops. Side A launches with a
super down-tempo vibe and a fly in the tape ointment,
it moves in the murky “between world” (between life and death
or maybe between David Lynch and Scooby Doo?) Things prick
up a little around 4:30 in, as sampled violins are drawn
like crossbows eventually we find ourselves in some
cult cave with sampled men chanting, before we return
to the sample that launched this track. Who doesn’t love
an ouroboros? Side B, like side A is just shy of 10
minutes with samples worked overlapped as short movements,
usually lasting 1.5 to 2 minutes or so. Thought I heard one
loop from Jarboe? B-side has some more martial movements
starting around 2.5 minutes in (Eisenstein soundtrack
march?) This time when the violins are brought in, they
chase their tails like rabid dogs. And the voice at
the end of the tape tunnel is not an apocalyptic mens
chorus, but a whisper of a siren’s song. Very enjoyable,
the short samples keep attention on alert, fine work in
the vein of David Shea, Kreng and other sound colliders.

-Thurston Hunger

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