SPUNK & JOËLLE LÉANDRE: Live in Molde CD +3dB
The rather unfortunately titled Spunk, team up here with a long time inspiration for their work with revered double bass player Joëlle Léandre; and without doubt, it is an altogether peculiar affair, which unsurprisingly has its fair share of improvisation.
The skittering vocals are spliced together in a fashion not too dissimilar to the madness of Diamanda Galas, but relying on effects as opposed to natural talent in order to create the chaos. In the background a cello plays haphazardly whilst intermittent instrumentation of other sources are occasionally tampered with and pushed from pillar to post, with strings plucked and bows swung in what it seems, all directions.
‘Live in Molde’ touches on a few genres, yet defies them all. As with most albums of this ilk, this meanders too much in its own self-importance; and would work best for those that view it as an installation, I guess.
Beautifully packaged in a heavyweight, foil-embossed digipak, this did scream quality the moment I picked it up; however, as a listening experience this did little for me in my home environment. This would most likely make more sense if I grew a goatee, acquired a sudden penchant for turtlenecks and corduroy pants; then chose to venture on a long expedition up my own backside.