Fucking yo, readers. Recent weeks have seen me absolutely deluged with releases. Makes a change from semen I guess. Ha ha. One of the many that spurted through my digi-slot was this ….thing from people who are probably called Marie E Le Rose but might not be. They are also probably Italian but might not be. Before I get on to the review, can I make a mildly bad tempered observation ? Thanks.
There’s little point in sending out a press pack in two languages if you omit the title of the artist and/or release from the files. Why not go all out and confuse potential reviewers by leaving the songs blank, or maybe even hiding them inside an hour long video of pigs bursting. Oh, I know, because you actually want the reviewer (that’s me for those of you who came in late) to know what he’s listening to. I could probably keep being sarcastic for another couple of hundred words but sadly I only get paid for the non-vulgar and non-sarcastic parts of my “work” so as you can imagine its pretty poor eats in Casa Monaghan.
Anyway, this is a decidedly strange release. From what I can gather, it is one song reworked five different ways on different instruments. Pretty weird concept huh ? I don’t know which the original is but I think its “Materia Vivente” which apparently translates as “Livin’ Stuff”. It features the same unknown steel pan like instrument as “Changes” but with added Arabic female vocals. There are three further versions of the song, one played Flamenco style on an acoustic guitar and one with the steel pan things and drum’n’bass beats with synth bass. The best version is an extremely subdued solo piano affair with some slight effects and it is this version I like best but I’m not sure I’d pay $4.95 for it, which is what’s required.