Album Review

Animals & Giraffes – “July” – [Edgetone Records]

Phil Phactor   8/28/2017   CD, Jazz


being on top is a good hip opener – claudia la rocco’s voice is a quiet snarl: calm, measured, sometimes provocative, always defiant. – remember the way her legs spear and thrust – each track finds her accompanied by a different set of bay area musicians. – put the mountain in a box, put the box in a dumpster – rumblings and rattlings, abrasive synths, extended techniques galore, the sounds are sometimes with and sometime against, but always underneath. – your skin looks buttery and delicious – it’s la rocco’s voice that dominates, telling stories about ballet, the body, poisonous relationships, and sexual violence. – you don’t cry anymore when you’re sad – smack in the middle of the album, “public access” (T5) sees la rocca in conversation with saxophonist david boyce and the mood briefly relaxes. – do you want that kind of attention?

you heard it 20 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 81 days ago, Morris Minor played A Partial Philosophy of the World
  • 138 days ago, Dusty Rhodes played I Just Need One Word & I Can Tell You Everything
  • 154 days ago, Dusty Rhodes played I Just Need One Word & I Can Tell You Everything
  • 439 days ago, Phil Phactor played Sunday Television
  • 783 days ago, Morris Minor played Grammar
Alison Chaiken says

'your skin looks buttery and delicious' is about yoga, not ballet.


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