Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Happy Wretched Family
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop
THE BEST BAND THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD OF
(5 out of 5 stars)
"THE BEST BAND THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD OF. THIS BAND HAS BEEN AROUND FOR A LONG TIME IN LA. I THINK THEY ARE WONDERFUL. KIRA'S VOICE IS AMAZING I WISH I COULD SING LIKE SHE CAN. SHE IS ABSOULTLY AMAZING. JOE IS A GREAT DRUMMER AND GREAT AT ALL THE THINGS HE DOES. I WISH THEY WOULD RELEASE ANOTHER CD AGAIN BECAUSE THEY ARE JUST AMAZING. I WISH THEY COULD PERFORM AGAIN SOON WITH NEW SONGS, AND I WISH I COULD MEET THEM THAT WOULD MAKE MY DAY BECAUSE I LOOK UP TO THEM SO MUCH. I WISH THAT MORE PEOPLE KNOW WHO THEY ARE BECAUSE THEY ARE SO UNIQUE UNLIKE ALL THOSE OTHER MAINSTREAM MUSIC NOW DAYS. KIRA AND JOE IF YOU TWO EVER READ THIS I HOPE TAKE ME AS A BIG FAN."
Yes, I do mean "impenetrable operatic art-epic" as praise
Brian Block | Greensboro, North Carolina | 03/16/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Some bands want to rock and roll all night and party every day. Bands like Non Credo, fortunately, understand that the proper role of night time is to frighten you. And the daytime? Well, that's for voice lessons and the most neurotically inventive production re-takes you could ask for.Kira Vollman, in addition to playing clarinet, bass guitar, lead guitar, and keyboards here, is probably the single most impressive vocalist in my music collection. Not necessarily my favorite, but the most controlled: every word, pitch, nuance, minor roll of the tongue, and choice of octave (from deep contralto to glass-smashing soprano to kneecap-smashing alto hiss). She writes and vocalizes the opening track as a Latin mass, the first of many tricks, all of them by her as sole vocalist--- her other styles include pop song, writhing speech-in-tounges, soft tongues-in-cheek, sprechstimme, and wordlessly melodic oratorio, switched among at a moment's notice for appropriate dramatic effect. Add in a bit of processing and radio sampling, and "Miliza Three Flights Down", over its warped drumming, sounds like as a one-act play featuring a choking opera soprano, a hapless Nazi officer from a tasteless sitcom who rescues her and restores her to operatic normality, an English-speaking mouse, a choir of Valkyries, an annoyed neighbor, and John Belushi as Samurai Florist, plus two computer-generated voices calling in their parts over defective phone lines. I suppose you could ask why-- but I'd answer "cuz it's really cool". As for the playing, she and Joseph Berardi (drums, percussion, marimba, keyboards, cello, viola) are great examples of why avant-garde bad notes and weird timings are different from junior high orchestras doing the same: just a continual and clear sense that everything here has been carefully selected as the single aptest option, and that playing a _different_ wrong note, or maybe a right one (which happens when necessary), has been considered and rejected for plain old ineffectiveness.Does it sound like anything? The melodies recall the Slapp Happy/ Henry Cow collaboration DESPERATE STRAIGHTS. The strange layered rhythmic textures are like Laika when calmest and somewhat Miranda Sex Garden-ish at densest. The ambience is much like Portishead, in the soundtrack noir and the cynical female-voiced words, but far busier. The strings suggest alternate opening themes for "Jaws". If you don't know those names, well, keep the adjectives surrounding them and assume Non Credo sound weird, okay? Even if you do follow the comparisons, they don't account for the keyboards. Now, industrial music is pretty gloomy, but it does seem built around the notion that machines work: clang, 2, 3, 4, clang, 2, 3, 4. What Non Credo make, as decoration not main content, is industrial music for a world where record of your credit payments gets eaten, where your computer "has commited an illegal operation" and _it_ punishes _you_, where your TV gets static and your electrical connections get erratic, where those power brakes you never asked GM and Ford to invent require a few seconds to get the power going. The irony, of course, is that sounds like that are far harder to make than a programmed Energizer loop, especially when you care about making it sound good. Truth ain't just stranger than fiction, it's more work. Aren't you glad Non Credo did some of it for you?"