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Wednesday, May 27, 1998

AMBIENT DREAD

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 1998 at 12:00 AM

The oceanic metaphor echoing from one track to the next of Depths, Windy & Carl's latest voyage (with titles like "Undercurrent" and "Set Adrift") recalls a 1978 vinyl slice by minimalist David Behrman, On the Other Ocean (Lovely Music), which involved computer-generated tones in reaction to live soloists. Depths was...

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AVANT FUNHOUSE

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 1998 at 12:00 AM

As you might be able to tell from the title, this record finds local-unto-international acoustic prog-popster Frank Pahl integrating his whacked-out sounds with those of other mischievous musicians, a motley assortment from the Immigrant Suns to the Blue Sun Quintet to Pahl's home base, Only a Mother. The fact that...

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PRETTY RITUALS As you might be able to tell from the title, this record finds local-unto-international PRETTY RITUALS

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Ann Arbor's Morsel has an unusual approach to both electronic and organic music. But the group seems just as savvy manipulating one as the other. On I'm a Wreck, tribal beats pound inside buzzing samples, and doctored vocals pump out of a web of deep bass and airy flutes. The...

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REAL LIFE ROCK

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 1998 at 12:00 AM

The perfectly Midwest feel of this record gives it its coherence. Where rock riffs, country twang and hard-boiled pop spin out of control, the "ex-construction worker" sensibilities bring things back to order. The Holy Cows (of Ann Arbor) offer up an enthusiastic, classic brand of rock that bespeaks a real...

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JAZZ

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 1998 at 12:00 AM

The idea of a pianoless quartet, proposed by Gerry Mulligan in the early '50s, foreshadowed such brilliant combinations as Ornette Coleman with Don Cherry, the Sonny Rollins-Jim Hall sessions and angelic "free jazz" units too numerous for the head of a pin. Detroit's Carl Michel, then, treads on hallowed ground...

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BEYOND FUNK

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 1998 at 12:00 AM

With a transfusion of crustaceous soul in the person of Bobby Beyond, the veteran Lovemasters roar back with their best batch of musical mug shots yet. There's no shortage of traditional stoogezoid crud to shake your Bootsey to, including a double dose of the anthem "Genius From the Waist Down."...

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SPEAKING EASY

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Jo Serrapere slinks, shimmies and bops her way through the first half of this record as she pays tribute to pre-Depression era folk blues and emergent jazz musicians. With her engaging and knowing vocal delivery, Serrapere would not be out of place in a Prohibition speakeasy. The lyrics have a...

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WORLDLY EXCURSIONS

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 1998 at 12:00 AM

This is a musical excursion that has reggae at its heart, but casts an eye to more worldly expressions &emdash; from the Felaesque Afro-beat of "Africa Is Calling" to the Hendrix-like guitar excursion of "Jamaican Nights." More than stops on a whirlwind tour, these mostly instrumental cuts (featuring saxophones by...

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DARKWORLD ALTERNAPOP

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 1998 at 12:00 AM

On the Wing, the debut album by Motion Control, suggests that the Midwest may be fertile breeding ground for female festival participants. Fronted by singer-songwriter Brooke Ratliff, Motion Control's album is filled with dark, alternapop ballads with a well-threaded world beat influence. Solid instrumental sounds back Ratliff's Lorenna McKennittesque vocals....

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GOT THAT TWANG

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 1998 at 12:00 AM

The ongoing rockabilly revival isn't all about DAs and extroverted couples dancing, you know. Take Detroit's relative new kids on the rockabilly block, the Starlight Drifters, for example. The band, together a mere year-and-a-half, has managed to create a distinctive sound, reminiscent but not overly reverent toward all things hiccupy...

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