Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Neneh Cherry and the Thing

Really interesting fiery yet cerebral collaboration between 1980s unclassifiable experimenter Neneh Cherry and a Scandinavian free-jazz outfit led by Mats Gustaffsson. Neneh is Don Cherry's daughter, so the skronk is, in some ways, her natural habitat. She's also comfortable in R&B, hip hop, punk and indie pop, at least to judge by the covers on this new album Neneh Cherry & the Thing, out mid-June on Smalltown Supersound. There are eight songs, one by Cherry herself, another by her dad, a third by Gustafsson and the rest extremely alternate takes of songs by Suicide, the Stooges, Ornette Coleman, Martina Topley-Bird and Doom. (I really like the Doom...not so crazy about "Dirt." She's been out of the game for a long time though...last thing I remember her on was that truly exceptional Until the End of the World soundtrack...perhaps my favorite soundtrack ever (and accompanying one of my favorite films). Nice to see her back, still pushing the edges...

Here's the soundcloud for "Dream Baby Dream"

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