Amy Denio

Birthing Chair Blues

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This is an intriguing, if bizarre, release. Over a period of a few months in 1991 (except for a couple numbers from June 1988) Amy Denio overdubbed herself on vocals, basses, guitars, alto sax, harmonica, alto recorder, bass mbira, organ, drum machine, and various household devices. The results are a sound collage that ranges from jazzy folk music to avant-garde sound explorations, with odd and barely understandable vocals punctuating the crowded ensembles. Overall it is a bit frivolous and self-indulgent -- interesting in spots but not terribly listenable.

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