Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
With the supersonic alt-country prog-rock band the Geraldine Fibbers on (permanent?) hiatus, husky-voiced singer-guitarist Carla Bozulich and six-string torturer Nels Cline have resurfaced as Scarnella. Bashed out in a wee... more »
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With the supersonic alt-country prog-rock band the Geraldine Fibbers on (permanent?) hiatus, husky-voiced singer-guitarist Carla Bozulich and six-string torturer Nels Cline have resurfaced as Scarnella. Bashed out in a week's time in the summer of 1998, Scarnella picks up where the most extreme of Fibbers material leaves off--as an experiment in narcotic din à la Sonic Youth and the Velvet Underground before them. It's a potentially room-clearing effort, ranging from the strung-out "Release the Spring" to several superaggressive swaths that may be the aural equivalent of flesh being pulled slowly and methodically from the bone. Some more-structured moments--the torchy "The Most Useless Thing" and the giddy noise-pop workout "Dandelion"--do recall the Fibbers, but ultimately Scarnella is for those fans whose limits must be challenged even further. --Neal Weiss
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm listening to the first song of this album now. It starts off with about 2 minutes of the same beautiful minimalistic guitar part, adds Carla Bozulich's incredible, deep voice, builds to a fever pitch and then back to the original guitar part. Remember, this 8 and a half minutes of brilliance is just the first song! The other nine songs range from noise excursions (which I love), almost-pop, beautiful long songs ("Snowy" might just eclipse the first song as the best on this album), and acoustic pieces. Just an amazing album--might be the best in my collection. And my collection includes Sonic Youth, Velvet Underground, Sebadoh, and Blonde Redhead. Serious indie rock fans out there will know that those groups have produced some of the greatest rock ever. And this debut from Scarnella might just top them all. I highly recommend this album--and can't wait to see Scarnella in concert on July 4th."
Carla & Nels Give A Great X-Mas Gift
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Have You Ever Listened To The Geraldine Fibers? Or Better Yet The Nels Kline Trio? Well Nels Kline and Carla Bozulich are from the former; she the singer, he the guitarist. Maybe you don't like alt. country. That's Fine. But you have to love Carla's Voice, that transparent beauty that you can't quite be sure if it's growling or soothing. And Nels is of course one of the most brillant guitar players on the planet. This is a simple duo that expands beyond the sounds of both of the afore mentioned bands. Where Geraldine Fibers have that downhome-louisville sound Scarnella does not. And where Nels Kline Trio drops more into the abstract instrumental indy-jazz sound, this does not. Scarnella (which is spelled with 2 L's, not like up above) is a quiet scream that holds your hand tightly through the depths of hell and the beautiful darker times in heaven's history. Sound like alot for a side project by an indy act? That's because it is so much more than that. And we would expect no less from any release on Steve Shelley's SMELLS LIKE RECORDS label. With Carla's Man/Woman voice and Nels' encircling guitar etc. you will frown with pleasure and quit buying records on other labels (atleast until you listen to this 30 or so times)."
Ummm, why isn't this album famous?
MRSCRY | New York, NY | 10/30/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There's so much I could write about this unf**kingbelievable, diverse, original, and goodie-packed record. I'm hoping that one of you Wilco fans happened to fall upon this Amazon page when looking up Wilco guitarist Nels Cline. Folks, Nels and Carla are so musically intelligent and so full of emotion, and when they compose music together, there is no better pair of musically-inclined (no pun intended) adults. Carla is most famously known for her band The Geraldine Fibbers, which, in many ways, is a better listen than Scarnella, but when it comes down to it, Scarnella's only studio album is much more of a masterpiece than the two Fibbers records. There is so much going on here musically that it's impossible to believe Carla/Nels when they says this album only took a week to come up with. Every song on this album has so much to it that each can be isolated and studied for a Master's thesis.
Even though Carla's voice reaches pure bliss on this album much more than once, my favorite track is the instrumental entitled "Improvisation #1", and when you hear it, you'll very much realize there's no f**king way this was an improv. No way.
Support Carla's music career. And tell Nels to start making music with her again, even if it means he drops Wilco."