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Artist: Rudi Zygadlo (@)
Title: Tragicomedies
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
Planet Mu made many listeners' mouth water with the issue of Rudi's 7" "Melpomene" last spring, an appetizer which disclosed some aspects of his new album as well as of his stylistical swing after the amazing declensions of dubstep morphemes of his appreciated debut "Great Western Laymen", whose literary hooks - there were some references to Bulgakov and Beckett -, ironic and self-ironic statements about supposed hesitancy in falling in love which would conceptually marl its work and imaginative approach to the rhythmical pattern and pinched melodic structures are not sufficient similaraties with these long-awaited "Tragicomedies", which has been partially inspired by writings of American novelist Thomas Pynchon and Greek mythology of course - according to Rudi's words, this album was initially thought as a series of dedications to nine muses, but after the dedication to the muse of dance, Terpshicore, he preferred to avoid leashes - : the most significant aspects of this album are a most careful focusing on vocals and a clear propensity for minimal and mesmerizing electronic pop-oriented song style and enjoyable tightrope walking on glamour processing of 80ies funk and soul intertwined with clues of Eastern classical or folk music with a less pronounced presence of the above-mentioned dubstep morphemes, which occasionally puncture the rhythmical pattern of some songs such as "The Domino Quivers", the weird "Black Rhino" or "The Deaf School", previously released on a 12" by Pictures Music. I'd rather say the best songs are those ones where this lad pokes at his vocal cords such as in the lovely digital vocal treatments of "Russian Dolls" - a song which has got what it takes in order to become a tree chart climber! -, "An Introduction", whose effected vocals recall the spooky devilish vocal treatments of some songs by Fever Ray or Gazelle Twin or background falsettoes of the above-mentioned "The Domino Quivers" or overdubbed ones on the initial ballad "Kopernikuss". Many songs could recall the honeyed vocalizations of James Blake or Milosh, but Zygadlo's somewhat sensual sound and its intimate suppleness manage to please listener's eardrums.



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