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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- Breadwoman & Other Tales by Anna Homler and Steve Moshier
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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