Nurse with Wound

Who Can I Turn to Stereo

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One of the most accessible records Nurse With Wound had done to date, the 1996 release Who Can I Turn to Stereo is still quite a daunting roller-coaster ride down strange and abstract soundscapes, with some weird processed voices thrown in. Perhaps it's made a little easier by a narrator with a soft voice and Italian accent, even if his words, taken from an exquisite corpse from a Nurse With Wound website, are as surreal and nonsensical as the music around them. Or perhaps the fact that the album, while still one continuous collage of sound, is broken down into conventional song-length tracks to make it easier to digest than the usual side-long Nurse With Wound piece. Or the similar hypnotic electro-dance rhythms that crop up on "Yagga Blues," "Space Funk With Springs," "Approaching Darkness Fish," and several other places as well, from a group who is not exactly known for its dance-ability. Maybe it's the lulling nursery rhymes that occur here and there, or the sharper production values. At any rate, it's probably one of the easiest Nurse With Wound records to get into for the uninitiated, even if many old fans revile it for just that same reason. Thankfully, Who Can I Turn to Stereo may be slightly more accessible, but it does not compromise on the strange and surreal musical world that NWW inhabits.

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