White Gourd – “Hermit / La Lune” – [Psychic Sounds]
Nico-tine addiction, with plenty of new highs to ply here
as well, from Suzanne Stone aka White Gourd. Each side is
a walk on the wind-blown cliffs of her sonic imagination,
her voice either calling you towards, or warding you off
the rocks far below. Soft and ghosty, at times a wordless
whisper and other times a harrowing yodel cry, but her
cadence stretching the words out is what recalls Nico.
I try to latch on to her words, but they slip away into
an abstract place behind faces, nestled in chilly wisdom.
There’s a general fogginess here that draws the listener in,
the white on white, gourd versus gourd versus evil. She brings
in an instrument for awhile, sax counter-phrases to her chanted
vocals, haunted piano, spirits of seagulls. Two side-long
strolls with potential exits, but why leave? If you are keeping
score at home, your scorecard better be a tarot card as she’s
working her way through a hypnotic deck, with apparently the
Devil, Magician, Star and Tower cards to be revealed soon.
An exquisite corpse
lost in an excluded copse
cloaked in tarot cards
you heard it 25 times on kfjc! most recently:
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