Exorcismes From All My Fingers
2xLP + CD-R
Massive limited to only 250 copies double LP + limited CD-R set that represents the absolute pinnacle of German sound artist/feral performance kitten/avant instrumentalist Mama Baer: been waiting for this monster to touch down for an age and it more than delivers, with four and more sides of the wildest deconstructed No Wave/sound poetry/assaultive art action yet from long-term Kommissar Hjuler collaborator Mama Baer. The album starts off in classic Mama style with a distressed, distant, microphone-muffled vocal accumulation that combines the sounds of pleasure and pain, laughing, whipping, whimpering, almost early Whitehouse-style up-close hyperventilating and psychotically layered field recordings. This give sway to a remarkable vocals/guitar/drum dirge that comes over like Meredith Monk sings Father Yod with backing vocals by the Manson Girls and guitar by Rudolph Grey’s three year old kid. On the flip there’s a stunning Suckdog-by-way-of-Scorces guitar/vocal lament that is one of the most haunting of Mama’s song creations followed by what comes over as field recordings of early Diamanda Galas turned inside out, secreted at the bottom of a well, rescued, overdubbed with Casio keyboard drum retorts and turned into the most aching love song this side of Patty Waters “Moon Don’t Come Out Tonight”. And that’s only the first slab. Over on the second there are extended Cro-Magnon environs that would reconcile Japanese ethno-primitives Iro with the sounded of tortured pipes and the la-la-land of early Rita Ackermann, down-tuned vocal duets with siren calls, advanced percussive electric guitar marches and hysterical English language constructs that are somewhere between Lydia Lunch and Heather Leigh... this is a mind-blowing, exhaustive overview of the various feral strategies that Mama uses to usurp and humiliate feeble notions of art praxis, avant rock and sound poetry. If you’ve never taken the plunge before or just weren’t sure where to begin then this is the monster you have surely been waiting for, if you’re already a committed follower then this is just so much gravy. One of the premier all-solo slices of female to come out of the underground in years. Packaged in full colour sleeves with eye-popping Mama Baer art, a full colour insert and with all copies purchased from VT while stocks last a special bonus CD-R in an edition of only 99 copies with a guest appearance from Kommissar Hjuler. Highest possible recommendation!