Anne Heller

Fountain of Annihilation

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Anne Heller is an interesting character who has persistently marched to the beat of her own drum, being involved in avant-garde music, writing, and do-it-yourself journalism while supporting herself as a stripper in the varying atmospheres of cities such as Greensboro, San Francisco, and Austin. In the last of these towns, she has particularly dug into the musical activity, producing a series of recordings under the name of Low End Lars, in collaboration with Lars Nilsery. She has apparently been building up to this solo project, which gets its title from a side-long multi-tracked piece in which Heller uses several different instruments. This piece comes off unexpectedly well and even has something of a symphonic feel, a rare accomplishment in the world of scatterbrained improvisation. The home recording sound perfectly suits the feeling of the music, which is splendidly sensitive. Shorter pieces make up the second side, and these are also excellent, one involving recordings of insects. This is good stuff.

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