A project as unusual as its name, Breadwoman & Other Tales is a collaboration between Anna Homler and Steve Moshier, each veterans of the performative avant-garde. Homler inhabits the voice of Breadwoman with wordless chants, supported by Moshier’s tweaking. Like traditional music of some unknown culture. Vinyl LP, released on RVNG Intl.
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If you can believe it, this record dates back to the early ‘80s, when Anna Homler and Steve Moshier were deep into their own isolated avant-garde pursuits. Homler, a vocalist interested in language and intonation, conceived fractured, untranslatable songs; listening to them on their own, the pauses and overlays would sound like gaping chasms and urgent interruptions. Using a bedrock of hissing electronics and preternaturally industrial beatwork, Steve Moshier both busied and elucidated her compositions, as if making her made-up language one that was already steeped in history, and rich with tradition. At the same time, his sifting, cold production -- full of clicks and stagnant flourishes -- made these works strangely futurist, like they could be appearing right now on the Further or Umor.
Regardless of their place in time, the compositions on ‘Breadwoman’ are startling: propulsive and unsettling, they see two knowing artists seeking out the unknown, bringing intuition and chance into the specifics of their compositional work.
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