Braaxtaal

Dworr Buun

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This continues a somewhat new direction for the ever-inventive sound sculptor Jaap Blonk, who never seems to shy from flirting with the extremes of noise/music. For this version of his group Braaxtaal, the vocalist recites his poetry supplemented by his own contributions on electronics, and he is joined by Rob Daenen on sampler and Theo Bodewes on drums and sampler. Blonk speaks in the obscure and unique fictional language of Onderland, which sounds like the Dutch language, but is actually totally different from it. (While the lyrics are reprinted in the CD booklet, they are not translated, presumably since the words are nonsensical.) As perhaps to be expected, the results are free of an identifiable genre, with a sometimes rock beat intertwining with electronic manipulation and a seemingly clear and articulate recital of words. Blonk's verbal gymnastics are always imbued with a majesty that belies the words. Here, the warped manipulations and rock-drenched rhythms are suited to Blonk's twisted sounds that surprise and even shock. One of the vocalist's most radical exploits, this one is unlikely to reach a large audience, but it should satisfy many of Blonk's existing admirers (although some may object to the rap/rock repetition) and even attract new fans. The words may not be understandable, but the music and lyrical quality of Blonk's voice are a compelling mixture.

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