Ted Minsky

Madame le Ted

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Despite the decidedly male moniker of Ted Minsky, Madame le Ted is actually the work of designer Anne Grabow. Gender isn't an issue dealt with in name and title alone, though -- several songs shout in their own dispassionate way about how women are perceived. "Proportional" and "Who Will Hold My Boobs" both awkwardly press the case of how women look at themselves and others. Awkward is, in fact, a central motif on Madame le Ted. Vocals, sung in English, German, and Spanish, flutter in and out, sometimes colliding, at other times perched so precariously over the thin percussive anchor that they disappear altogether. Preset keyboard sounds meander around plain drum-machine patterns; sometimes a song structure emerges from the parts and sometimes it's a brief melody that has lost its way. "Hab Dich Lieb," "Thank You When I Kiss You," and "Tschechisches Mädchen" all exist in this zone between song and idea -- unsoothing 21st century lullabies. There's a willful, amateur nature to Madame le Ted that can be distracting, but it's that same quality that makes it equally compelling.

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