Album Review

Woorden [coll] – [Omega]

Thurston Hunger   7/20/2015   12-inch, A Library

Wordworks, chopped syllables, slamming repetition, Dutch lovin’
in the spoken oven but English spun as well. Poems about poems
with really crisp recording of the vocals as well as the improv’d
backing musicians, who throw themselves full fathom five into
something beyond blues and jazz. Harmonica happiness, bowed bass
woes, percussion urgency, jaw harp for jawing away. Spoken rhythms
by all of the rotating orators involved. So cool, so hep! Nona
is the one wonder worder woman, and she actually sings a pastoral
folk ditty at one point and summons some kinda Patty Waters arias
behind another poet. Other mind/mouths involved here apparently
include Bob Lens, Hans Wesseling, and Simon Vinkenoog. Is there a
Groep 1850 connection, or did discogs just hallucinate that? This
was originally issued in 1968, I’m not so sure about the official
quality of this release, but I am certain of the quality. Each side
is sort of a sprawl but there are short gaps between the segments
or stanzas so you can excerpt with a quick finger and mind. I cannot
really even find a proper track listing. For Fylkingen freaks or
Alga Marghen mentalists or even the Blodder infected, there is fire
here in the form of waves, waves of phrases, and a Promethean fire
at that. Touching creation, at least in Wernicke’s area. John Engels
is the drummer who cobbles it all together pretty amazingly. Oh yeah,
it’s on the Nurse with Wound shopping list of sounds
if you don’t take my word for it…

-Thurston Hunger

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