Album Review

Bosetti, Alessandro – “Stand Up Comedy” – [Weird Ear]

Thurston Hunger   9/11/2014   12-inch, A Library

So stoked to get this for our station (much thanks to the
Weird Ear label which is off to an inspring start.) Bosetti is
a fascinating dude, in that performance artist way, that has
flies like me drawn to the webs he weaves. On this gorgeous
picture disk (with the recordings transcribed on each side),
Bosetti gets to showcase his Mask/Mirror, an “interrupting machine”
which is like having Kanye West at your side for the award show
of your life, but funnier and fresher. Side A early on includes
an interview explaining that machine while it also interrupts
the interview (with WFMU’s Kurt Gottschalk). Soon after he speaks
with some European duchess or other fine lady, and the machine
like a pesky kid keeps pranking attention away. It alternately
delights and irritates the lady. Laughter gets sampled, and
Bosetti does much more with a simple “Yes” and/or “No” than
Andy Warhol Uh ever dreamed. I’m an audio voyeur even when
I try not to be, but in public it is never this rewarding.
It helps that Bosetti (whose excellent work on Trophies’
first release KFJC happily has) is well tuned to the musicality
of speech. On the flip side, the approach is more like a lecture
or a sermon or even a salmon. Word play is rampant and the
violin and bass clarinet capture the rhythm on speech. Side B
is not stand-up comedy, but it still has comedic elements.
His monologue is more mad professor than philosopher, but it
makes sense in its surreal and sensurround approach (some
noise drones help to shoehorn ideas in). Funny, irritating,
perlexing, it can provoke laughter, irritainment and thought
all in the space of a few seconds. He’s the converse in the
conversation, and a composer/performer for all of us Weird
Ears to tune into. Allow him to touch your mind, if not
your fingers. -Thurston Hunger

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