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Strings of Consciousness – “Our Moon Is Full ” – [Central Control]

Jawbone   10/10/2007   A Library, CD

Spoken word and acoustic & electronic instruments weave together for an atmospheric aural soundscape that evokes a smoky detective pulp magazine: eerie, edgy, erotic and at times intense. Jazz, classical, prog and digital elements all play a part in this noirish cinematic tome.

The brainchild of French laptopist Philippe Petit and guitarist Herve Vincenti, Strings of Consciousness have morphed into a truly international ensemble of about a dozen musicians, with the likes of Brit Hugh Hopper (ex-Soft Machine) helping out on bass, and other French, British and American musicians.

San Franciscan band Oxbow vocalist Eugene Robinson does a brilliant take with his words on the epic ???Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness???(Tr.3). Possibly destined to become the ???Hamburger Lady??? of our time, it all too poetically describes wiping down and loading bullets into a gun before paying a visit to a friend who has wronged him. Forced to retreat when his friend is found in the company of others he takes out his aggression on a barking dog.

Other featured vocalist/ lyricists are J.G. Thirwell (Foetus, Tr.1), Scott McCloud (Girls Against Boys, Tr.2), Barry Adamson (Magazine, Bad Seeds, Tr.4), Pete Simonelli (Enablers, Tr. 7) and French artist/ poet Black Sifichi (Trs. 6, 8).

Simply brilliant.

LANGUAGE: Track 7, “In Between”.

–Jawbone

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