Cultural Fog: NYE (Hologram Label, 2019)

August 2, 2019 at 9:38 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Cultural Fog: NYE

Documenting a New Year’s Eve gig by the improv trio of Claire Cirocco, Emily Roll, and Fred Thomas, this CDr contains 7 untitled tracks of sporadic, echo-slapping drums and layered synth clouds and vibrations. Roll’s heavily delayed voice often floats upward like bubbles, but it’s hard to tell what’s on her mind. Melodies and disconnected rhythms converge, and things get strangely miniature around track 4. But then 5 has wider, more piercing synth vamps and more somnambulant vocals. 6 is an uneasy reflection on the passing year, then 7 holds the energy together for another moment before it vanishes.

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