A review from Splendid


Subject: A review from Splendid
From: Ian Chuprun (ianc@sympatico.ca)
Date: Tue Nov 23 1999 - 13:42:40 EST


Thought I'd pass this on...

Ian

SPLENDID...week of November 22, 1999

http://www.splendidezine.com
splendid@splendidezine.com

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Wende Bartley / Claire-voie / empreintes DIGITALes (CD)

You have never heard anything like this. I mean that. On
first listen, "Ellipsis" and "Rising Tides of Generations
Lost" may remind one of the emotionally unsettling Diamanda
Galas recordings of the late eighties. Imagine being left in
the basement of the Amityville house with a box of wet
matches and you have an approximation of Claire-voie's
atmosphere of unease. There is a bleak austerity to these
pieces, composed of a foreboding soprano accompanied by
stray sounds, rustling percussion and ghostly synthesizers.
Wende Bartley's Claire-voie is a siren song not meant for
the faint hearted. -- dd



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