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Thirteen Masks [Bonus Tracks]
     

Thirteen Masks [Bonus Tracks]

by Jarboe
 

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Jarboe's first solo release outside of the Swans/Skin family tree is an admirably varied effort recorded at a variety of different sessions. Thirteen Masks often explores a number of styles not commonly seen in the work of Jarboe's regular bands, from nightclub jazz to modern dancefloor moves, while at the same

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Jarboe's first solo release outside of the Swans/Skin family tree is an admirably varied effort recorded at a variety of different sessions. Thirteen Masks often explores a number of styles not commonly seen in the work of Jarboe's regular bands, from nightclub jazz to modern dancefloor moves, while at the same time demonstrating the dark appeal which she brings to her music and singing. She is assisted throughout by a number of Swans members and long-standing associates, including guitarists Clinton Steele and Norman Westberg, bassist Algis Kizys, and once in a while by her longtime partner in music and life, Michael Gira. The general statement of her broad musical intent comes right from the start: "Listen" is delicate, with strange musical chimes and an emotive vocal, but it's immediately followed by "Red," a slamming hip-hop/industrial dance number created with help from fellow art extremist Foetus. That in turn is followed by the effects-laden strings and harpsichord of "A Man of Hate," which also reappears later in a different version. Throughout all of the various musical shifts, Jarboe's strong lyrical vision holds true, laden with arresting images of extreme emotions, religious imagery, attacks on hypocrisy, and much more. Rural Southern blues crops up as an often subdued but still present influence musically and lyrically both, adding to the visceral appeal of the unique musical mix while steering away from the tired clichés of the field. Among the various standouts are "The Never-Deserting Shadow," a brisk, upbeat folkish number with assistance on drums from old Swans member Roli Mosimann; "Shotgun Road (Redemption)," which is delivered quite beautifully over a lush guitar loop; and "Cries (For Spider)," a lovely reworking of a Swans track over Steele's acoustic guitar and her own synths. An impressive debut bow. [The record was reissued in 2004 with the addition of three bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2004
Label:
Atavistic Records
UPC:
0735286115222
catalogNumber:
61152

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jarboe   Primary Artist,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Sounds
Michael Gira   Bass,Sounds
Tony Maimone   Bass
Clinton Steele   Guitar
J.G. Thirlwell   Sampling
Norman Westberg   Guitar
Michael Bradley   Vocals
Brian E. Castillo   Guitar,Human Whistle,Foot Stomping
Diana Obscura   Cello,Vocals
Cedric Victor DeSouza   Bass,Vocals,Human Whistle,Foot Stomping

Technical Credits

Robert C. Smith   Engineer
Jarboe   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation,Collage
Michael Gira   Composer,Producer
Bryce Goggin   Engineer
Steve McAllister   Engineer
Roli Mosimann   drum programming
Mark Richardson   Engineer
Wharton Tiers   Engineer
J.G. Thirlwell   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Deryk Thomas   Cover Painting
Lary Seven   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Brian E. Castillo   Engineer
Don Hassler   Engineer
Cedric Victor DeSouza   Art Direction

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