In Animal Tongue

In Animal Tongue

by EvangelistaEvangelista


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Over three previous albums, Evangelista, fronted by songwriter Carla Bozulich, has made music that is difficult to classify. Using everything from guitars and drums to purposely constructed atmospheres, improvisation, cabaret music, and virtually any medium that will fit a particular composition, Evangelista has frustrated and delighted critics and fans alike. On In Animal Tongue, they take this to an extreme by creating an album of angular, visceral compositions and minimal elements that create expansive textures and atmospheres. The core trio of Bozulich, Tara Barnes, and Dominic Cramp are all here, joined by guests that include Shahzad Ismaily, Sam Mickens, John Eichenseer, Janel Leppin, and Ches Smith, among others. "Artificial Lamb" is perhaps the most conventional "song" here. Bozulich delivers a witchy, incantatory vocal in a tune about spirituality as love and lust (a prevalent theme throughout), Mickens' plucked electric guitar acts as a pulse, and Eichenseer's synth and effects insert themselves inside her lyrics. "Black Jesus" juxtaposes the sacred and the brazenly sexual with its brooding, minimal soundscapes created by Mickens' guitar and Bozulich's bass. It's the latter's half-sung, half-spoken vocal that creates the dramatic tension of an intoxicating eros in the tune's heart. "Hands of Leather" is positively ebullient by comparison, with Bozulich and Barnes singing in harmony on the chorus, three sets of clapping hands underscored by a drum act as percussion in creating a rhythm around a sketchy guitar that plays a lilting, near-nursery rhyme melody. "Tunnel to the Stars" is the most extreme track here with its dissonant strings juxtaposed against a minimal vocal monologue about domination and desire in the realm of body politics and sexual imagination. "Enter the Prince" walks a line between a fractured blues and sonic experiment as samples, a record player, viola, guitar, and cello frame the singer in a cryptic observation of seduction, pleasure, and power. The set closes with "Hatching," using percussion, viola, piano, organ, and double bass in a primal explosion of sound that reflects the viscera and violence in the cut's title with only a few confounding words near the end by Bozulich. In Animal Tongue is not an easy listen, but it wasn't meant to be. Rather it investigates, explores, and experiments to open-ended conclusions, and to that end, it succeeds magnificently.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/20/2011
Label: Constellation
UPC: 0666561008222
catalogNumber: 10082
Rank: 150757


  1. Artificial Lamb
  2. In Animal Tongue
  3. Black Jesus
  4. Bells Ring Fire
  5. Hands of Leather
  6. Tunnel To the Stars
  7. Die Alone
  8. Enter the Prince
  9. Hatching

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Evangelista   Primary Artist
Carla Bozulich   Bass,Drums,Vocals,Bells,Sampling
Scarnella   Guitar
Jessica Moss   Violin
Ches Smith   Drums
Thierry Amar   Contrabass (Vocal)
Shahzad Ismaily   Guitar,Percussion
Sophie Trudeau   Viola
Jessica Catron   Cello
Sam Mickens   Guitar
Francesco Guerri   Cello
Tara B   Bass,Vocals,Contrabass (Vocal)
Janel Leppin   Cello
John Eichenseer   Piano,Viola,Synthesizer Bass
Dominic C   Organ,Piano,Vocals

Technical Credits

Nels Cline   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Gaby   Hands
Carla Bozulich   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Dominic Cramp   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Scarnella   Composer
Shahzad Ismaily   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Efrim Menuck   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Sam Mickens   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Tara Barnes   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Drawing
Francesco Guerri   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Tara B   Hands
Jesse McCloskey   Cover Painting
John Eichenseer   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Dominic C   Hands

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