Jana Rush: Dark Humor (Planet Mu, 2022)

June 1, 2022 at 8:32 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Jana Rush: Dark Humor

Continually taking her music into darker, more disturbing directions, Jana Rush’s new EP is an aural black comedy, expressing frank sexual tension as well as brutal self-deprecation. “Suicidal Ideation (Aural Hallucinations Mix)” is a nine-minute mental horror show with absurdly undanceable splatter-beats, sinister laughter, and a fractured Dr. Dre sample. “Don’t Want No Dick” subverts that “Short Dick Man” song into a brief, sharp queer statement, and the later “Make Bitches Cum” is similarly upfront. “Break It (Remix)” and “Lonely” (feat. DJ Paypal) are both jazzy cut-ups, with “Lonely” the most frenetic and stretched-out, turning into a sort of footwork free jazz. “Unk” and the particularly vicious “Clown” (“Tonight the DJ is a clown!”) are so funny it hurts. Even after being enraptured by her previous 2 albums, this took a few listens to sink in, but it’s definitely not a lesser release.

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