@@@ Han Earl Park: Sirene 1009 (Buster and Friends, 2017) On the day after a race riot in Virginia in a society where I can’t even get the straight information as to what happened, how many people were there, etc. and at the end of a summer where so much disturbing awful shit has occurred and nobody appears to acknowledge it except to monetize it into shallow clickbait it’s a pleasure to hear music the echoes the awfulness of our present situation. This is what drew me to punk rock back in the day — the idea that I’m not alone and other people feel as badly as I feel and are letting it out.
While I enjoy Mr. Park’s playing (he is jumpy as fuck, does not respect certain time honored and boring jazz conventions) it is the singer that really takes this music to another place.
As my daddy used to say most people wouldn’t say shit if they had a mouthful of it. This woman does not have that problem as she lets it all hang out. She pushes the definition of what a singer is and her priority is to make you feel similarly to her. That’s a guess but when you hear the range of difficult sounds emanating from her it’s hard to feel great. I don’t really want to get into the specifics of how she performs as we have this fantastic interwebz and you can click on it yourself and peep. It is disjointed and chaotic, not all miserable, but raw and wandering. Sort of like that President Orange Piece of Shit himself. I don’t want to super overtly tie this music to politics and the vibes here are pretty universal and transcend but there is a connection as I described above. She brings forward that half human/half animal inner state of mind that millions of people experience yet no one dare speak of. Grunts, gasps, random word salad, growls, you get the idea. Everybody in the band is killing but the singer really takes it home.
You can listen to it as you see fit, I’m no fascist. It exists unto itself while also being part of a larger context.
Let me just sign off by saying there are a lot of guys and gals who sidle up to play some free jazz and drop some skronky ass, light on soul noise for sure. This is not one of those efforts.
Check it out!
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