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Non Credo: Happy Wretched Family (Les Disques Victo)

"Superb, simply superb, but also disorienting and disquieting: that's Happy Wretched Family, Non Credo's second album, seven years after Reluctant Hosts. The avant-pop format found on the first LP has evolved into twisted shards of pop ...
 

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Label: Les Disques Victo
Catalog ID: VICCD033
Squidco Product Code: 23972

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1999
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Zauberklang, in Los Angeles, California, between 1992 and 1994.


Personnel:

Joseph Berardi-drums, percussion, marimba, piano, violin cello, radio

Kira Vollman-voice, clarinet, bass clarinet, electric bass, piano, electric guitar

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track listing:


1. Sporco Mutande 1:46

2. Curious Couplings 4:30

3. Slips Thorugh Fingers 2:48

4. Piano Urine 7:43

5. Ambrosdia And Arsentic Tango 3:06

6. We Can Build You 1:25

7. Entzauberung 3:35

8. Snake Oil 2:40

9. Hacked 5:06

10. Big Teeth 3:12

11. Pay and Learn 4:07

12. Tokyorama 0:38

13. Miliza Three Flights Down 6:57

14. Arms Troddesn Off By The Cows 1:16

15. Joyeria 2:33

16. Looking For Eddie 4:26

17. Happy Wretched Family 4:07
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"Superb, simply superb, but also disorienting and disquieting: that's Happy Wretched Family, Non Credo's second album, seven years after Reluctant Hosts. The avant-pop format found on the first LP has evolved into twisted shards of pop intermingled with improvisation and experimentation. The voice of Kira Vollman remains the center of attention. The first track, "Sporco Mutande," is sung a cappella and illustrates her very wide operatic range. Her vocal palette lies somewhere between Fatima Miranda and Diamanda Galas. Arrangements are polyphonic and complex, and include keyboards, drums, percussion, clarinet, cello, and tapes. Vollman and partner Joseph Berardi handle all instruments, with Bernard Sauser-Hall playing extra keyboards on three tracks. Every piece is a little gem that has been polished for three years. The numerous overdubs give the impression of being in the presence of a ten-piece ensemble -- there is a lot happening. They reach peaks on "Curious Couplings"(haunting melody), the strange half-awake dream "Piano Urine," and "Miliza Three Flights Down" (with improvised nonsense vocals where Vollman turns into a female version of Phil Minton). Compared to Reluctant Hosts, Happy Wretched Family is the work of fully matured artists of exquisite originality. As deranged and avant-gardist as these songs are, given the chance, they will leave their mark in the listener's mind -- if your voice is flexible enough, you might even sing them in the shower.- Francois Couture, All Music

Related Categories of Interest:

May 2017
Victo
Improvised Music
Rock and Related
Improvised Rock
RIO (Rock in Opposition)
Song Based Music
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
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