Genre: Spoken Word / Experimental
Resource Links: http://www.ant-zen.com
I guess I'm starting off my stint at HH with Maxi-CD EPs from Ant-Zen,
because here's another one. I've never heard of Brian Evenson before so
I have nothing to compare this to and no background information, but
it's a short (4 tracks) little thing with a long ending.
The actual 'music' element of this release seems to take an obvious
backseat to uninspired prose that is being read by a monotonous male
voice. It strikes me as contrived, as though trying to seem dismal or
bleak or unimpressed. I'm reminded of the "red is your color" dialogue
at the end of Tool's Undertow, but this time the voice
drags on for about thirty-five minutes. Oh, and he counts for the
listener as well, which I find very annoying even though I suspect they
are chapter breaks.
I find the dull presentation of the story makes me forget what is being
said, and I ask: why should I be listening to this in the first place,
if not to hear a story? Good stories usually want to be heard, or you
usually want to hear a good story. Neither apply here.
I would be dissapointed if I bought this as a fan of Xingu Hill and/or
For me, listening to this EP is like being subjected to an audio-book I
have no interest in knowing anything about.
If the style of this EP sounds appealing, I'd recommend any of the Current93/Thomas Ligotti colaborations or a whole CD filled with Godspeed You Black Emperor dialogue samples. You won't get the
pops, cracks, and whirs that Tamarin and Xingu added to the mix, but
you'll at least get something thought-provoking. Besides, they both have
their own albums so make sure you have all those before you get this.
Apologies to fans of Brian Evenson (whom I take to be the author
showcased on the disc), maybe I've just not seen the light yet.