Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Electro pop and ethno-experimentation

Two reviews up today, one of the new record by electro cut-and-paster Max Tundra, the other by folk re-interpreter Savina Yannatou, whose new album Songs of An Other defines the term "unclassifiable." But it's pretty.

Yo, Max...

Max Tundra
Parallax Error Beheads You

Meticulous Ben Jacobs, listed on marquees as Max Tundra, takes his time making records. He works on just one cut at time, in album order, to carefully layer organic and inorganic sounds. He's perfectly willing to take a break once in a while. If, for instance, he needs a trumpet sound and doesn't know how to play it. He'll get it, just check back in a month or two. The result is often a long gap between Max Tundra records. This one, his third, comes six years after the UK release of Mastered by Guy at the Exchange. Jacobs has admitted in interviews that he worried about dying before finishing, and regularly told his friends where to find the finished tracks should anything happen to him.

Two more sizzling paragraphs.

Which Song

Bonus trivia: Ben Jacobs' sister is the only girl in Tunng!

Ready, Savina?

Savina Yannatou
Songs of An Other

US release date: 8 September 2008
UK release date: 25 August 2008

by Jennifer Kelly

Savina Yannatou brings together several worlds that seldom collide. In fact, if you drew a Venn diagram of where the spheres of Mediterranean folk, classical music, and free jazz improvisation intersected, you might find her all alone with the intrepid Primavera En Salonica in it. It’s a small, eclectic corner, but well worth visiting, as she and her six-person band explore the interstices of tradition and free experiment, classical capabilities, and folk simplicity.

Even more chatter about her mix of avant classical/jazz/folk music...

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