6 Planningtorock, Have It All (Chicks on Speed) Boasting Brecht/Weill-esque arrangements largely built from her multitracked
voice, Janine Rostron's songs are gravelly, brave, and sparse yet huge in a way that could call up a Laurie Anderson/Jennifer Herrema mind meld--except that she is doing her own thing.
One of the prettier compositions on the program involves no music boxes at all, but is a strangely melancholy piece for three multitracked
clarinets entitled Slurry.
Ezra J--" it wafts over repeated piano chords, unfolding into dissonant, multitracked
harmonies that spread like an inkblot.
"Baby's playing dead in the cellar gave her water she got paler grass stains back burns she's a screamer she's just dusted leave her," runs a typically genteel verse of "Dusted," as the beat cracks its doubletime ,whip and multitracked
guitars wall breathlessly in a near-noise wall-of-sound backdrop.
It ends with the hidden bonus Dona Nobis Pacem, a seraphic a capella multitracked
Latin psalm that transports you to the front row of Christmas church.
"Four Violins," recorded in 1964, is a multitracked
marvel of Conrad himself on violin times four, the instrument's tones distorted and screaming: the piece can't help but make a strong impact.
Miguel's magical swirl of subsonic guitar riffs, imaginative grooves, off-kilter beats and audacious octave-climbing and multitracked
vocals produce some of the most thrilling sounds of the season.
The journey into dark, angular and often upbeat pop utilised stark often electronic instrumentation and off-kilter percussion to allow the multitracked
and overdubbed Marshall vocals to cast their considerable spell.
On Don't Wake Me, the multitracked
harmony melt of the acappella introduction cannily captures the urge to dream a way out of a stumbling relationship.