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This disc's wacky presentation and titles (holy war in your pants, a day at the mall, erectile cognitive bop bits, pomp and vindaloo, Felini's pickup truck, invocation and fanfare of the Tahitian garbage fairies) belies, I think, the seriousness of purpose of the group. The artist who seems to hover over all of these pieces is Frank Zappa.
Each track is not just a collage of musical effects and sounds; but also a disjoint mix of styles. The first piece, holy war in your pants, starts in a way that makes you think you are being led into a form of post-modern minimalism
[listen, track 1 0:00-1:17],
but the group segues through a variety of styles such as modern jazz and John Cage-like modernism.
This movement also features non-western instruments such as a sitar.
A day at the mall introduces wordless vocals and
rather insistent popular song-like material in a Gavin Bryars-like amalgam of found recorded vocalism and
[listen, track 2 0:10-1:19].
This morphs, via twentieth century modernism, into something like a popular twenties dance number,
which re-occurs in various guises throughout the movement
[listen, track 2 02:45-3:54].
Unusual combinations of instrument and timbres are always to the fore and this movement includes a
banjo-like oriental instrument.
Copyright © 28 April 2004
Robert Hugill, London UK