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Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp – “Rotorotor” – [Red Wig]

Thurston Hunger   3/16/2015   A Library, CD

Effervescent and intoxicating blend of the tweaked and the
accessible, of Konono No. 1 and Chanel No. 9, of art brut
and a homemade pillow. Too hard to describe, too easy to
enjoy…there’s upright bass, violin, marimba, guitar,
drums, trombone, and voices that feel like your leaning
into the wind on sunny day. Liz Moscarola is the lead
vocalist, she’s on the violin too, and brings little
toys as do others. At times this feels like march of
wind-up toys, they sing in English, but their genesis
is in Geneva. Connections to the Ex, G.W. Sok wrote
two tunes, and references to Dog Faced Hermans and
Spaceheads will fast track this to certain KFJC’ers, but
take your time, every track has a beauty and power,
the percussion interplay of Aida Diop and Wilf Plum,
check their work on “Tra La La.” Vincent Bertholet on
the upright and Mathias Forge on an often Dixieland
muted booping trombone stop the project from floating
away like a kite. Guitarist Mael Salietes is excellent
and his grit and discord are such a perfect tonic to
the percolating pop. Simple cannot say enough great
things about this project, a vital release! We Are the
DuChampions thanks to music like this!
-Thurston Hunger

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