(EC) Nudes

Vanishing Point

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This collaboration between avant-garde everyman Chris Cutler, ex-Tone Dogs vocalist Amy Denio, and experimental guitar player Wadi Gysi produced only this one album, but what an album. Denio leads the album with her wild three-octave-range vocals and dexterous accordion and sax playing, while Cutler and Gysi alternately construct tight, intimate spaces for the sound or wide panoramas. There's also a sense of humor at work; "Opening" and "Qu'est Que Tu Fais?" recreate the atmosphere of a stadium rock concert for the intro and outro of the kind of music that would never receive such an ovation. "Crystal Palace," while again demonstrating Cutler's politically insightful lyrics, plays a rollicking good tune. The highlight, for musicality and Denio's voice, could be "O Pastor," a cover of a song by Madredeus, a dynamic rush of up-tempo music over which Denio's voice hovers like some apparition. A rich and rewarding album.

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