Album Review

TBA – “Annule ” – [Maxernst]

Thurston Hunger   8/13/2008   A Library, CD

TBA is Natalie “Tusia” Beridze. This disc was recorded a few
years ago in her motherland in Tbilisi, Georgia under the
fatherlabel imprint run by Thomas Brinkmann. It starts with a
piece that connotes Conlon Nancarrow, but eventually TBA makes
her way into the more peculiar percolations. There is some
strange alien abduction with plinky probes on “Downby”, the
last track, “URS” is a sideways look in the mirror of sleep.
Other tracks like “Tuesd,” “Zinavs,” “Soshi” and “GetGoin”
(one of my faves) are jumpy digital dancers. Many other
tracks feature Beridze’s buried vocals multi-tracked and
untracked from the stream of consciousness. Whispery like
last Wednesday. Gone but there. Some folks may end up having
her voice as a deal-breaker, but by the time of the last
track, I kind of welcomed it. Other reviews talked about her
accent…huh…sounds like a bleak Brit more than anything
further afield to me. A little music machine cut-up like
“Okean K” followed by weird breathy conspiracy ditty
“Signdunst” help to give this release a great identity to
me, it’s one that seems to progress and have a lot more
definition than most. It can almost listen like a play.
And as a bonus it gets weirder the further along.

-Thurston Hunger

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