Album Review

Mezzetin – “Subduction” – [Golden Slipper Records]

Naysayer   2/9/2016   A Library, CD

Succumb to the joy that is outsider artist. Succumb to the joy that is Mezzetin. Can not find anything out about this person. We do know that the recording is titled “Subduction” and that it is produced by George Duncan. There are 13 songs. That’s it. So let’s start.
Mezzetin is a main stay comedic character that comes from the Italian Comedia dell’arte tradition. Primarily a prankster, an adept schemer and trouble-maker, willing to commit acts of violence if necessary, and he never gets the girl. Is this a clue into this Mezzetin? Possibly.
Thirteen tales of woa, whoa, oh and huh? takes us on a truly sonic outsider artistic journey. Speaking of sonic, this guy swallowed a bit of the Kim Gordon Sonic Youth tea. Vocal stylings have a bit of her inflection style and very much her off key singing. Plus the guitar sounds like someone sort of listened to some of their albums and tried to play like them, maybe. Or maybe Sonic Youth heard Mezzetin and actually ripped him off. Bad rhymes, good rhymes, odd phrasing, imagery that’s just slightly off enough to be superb for me. He probably plays all the instruments which is primarily acoustic guitar with some maraca and tambourine, a little drum. He goes electric about half way through and it really kicks up the jam. Swirly twisty songs about life. Mezzetin kind of rules for me this week.

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