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Artist: TOYCHESTRA AND FRED FRITH (@)
Title: What leave behind
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: SK Records (@)
Rated: *****
TOYCHESTRA is an all women musical ensemble based in Oakland, CA. As you can deduce from their name, they don't play any conventional instrument as each one is a fake instrument, resized one or is an object you can't recognize from the sound. Their music is similar to a run of a one leg man as everything seems to be really unstable and unreal. They play with their instruments like an unborn child and the sensation you got from their music is the same. On this 25 minutes live recording, their "music" duet with the electric guitar improvisations of Fred Frith. The guitar sound helps extremizing the effect of instability of the whole process as Frith use it like a razor blade on some moments (like on "Fellini") or he plays it producing smooth sounds ("Grover rides a happy honker"). "3 elephants and a cow" is the track that impressed me most, because from the initial sequence of sampled voices (I think they used teddy bears which are capable of recording few seconds of sounds with a metallic quality) the track turn into a disturbing march where the guitar cries along with animal sounds (cows, elephants, mices, etc). The last song "When to rewind" is a sort of lullaby sung by all the girls and it closes in a good way this particular album. Sk is still searching for a distribution for this CD so you if you can help, please contact them!



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