In his prolific career, At The DriveIn/Mars Volta singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala has been involved in more projects than perhaps he Anywhere
His inability to say no has landed us with plenty of
pointless records, but not this one – the brainchild of Christian Eric
Beaulieu, aka Liquid Indian. Anywhere
As well as Cedric, Beaulieu managed to get Mike Watt to play bass on
‘Anywhere’, and ex-Sleepy Sun
vocalist Rachel Fannan to contribute to a couple of tracks.
The result is seven long tracks heavily influenced by Eastern
acoustic music, Anywhere
which are as accomplished as they are typically, ‘out there’ for a Bay Area project.
A couple of the tracks are instrumental, but the highlight pull
in contemporary sounds too, Anywhere
‘Rosa Rugosa’ sounding like Fleetwood Mac doing Kula Shaker;
‘Anywhere’ more Radiohead via Led Zeplin.
Good call, Cedric.
Albarn himself refers to this music as “strange pastoral folk”, which is at least accurate,
English hills and dales materialised for the rise and fall of Dee, as the album begins and eventually ends with crystalline field recordings
of birds nattering.
Dee died in poverty, by the way, having mucked about with séances and
Like the continual references to religion (Dee, like all Elizabethan’s, was never far from matters of God), it’s all here, I’m sure.
Although to really be aware of that you’ll need to not constantly be questioning what on
earth to make of Albarn’s latest anti-popular record. On one hand, his defiance to create anything
other than what he wants at this stage in his career is as valiant as it is daft; on the other,
sparse and splintered, you can’t be sure that ‘Dr
Dee’ makes for good opera either.
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