Anticlines by Lucretia Dalt

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Columbian artist Lucretia Dalt‘s new Anticlines on Brooklyn-based RVNG Intl., is now available in CD and LP formats. The album is at once a series of fourteen short vignettes about the insides of various bodies, our own and beyond the surface of the Earth upon which we stand. She incorporates a seductive, and at times flat series of spoken poetic verses over a snake-charmer percussion (Tar), and dramatically slow instrumental tracks punctuated with bent harmony (Atmospheres Touch). Lyrics like “I’m gathering up skins and blowing them up like balloons” (Edge) are unexpected, curious biological observations further voiced on Errors of Skin with its tin-scraping underbelly, “Is it urban, is it edge, is it consciousness, is it matter?“. These questions are important for a time when global environmental concerns are greatest in our history, and so many bodies make only actions that don’t improve the situation, or worsen the overall effect with bad behavior. In fact, part of the proceeds from the record are being donated to Tierra Digna to help improve the environment and human rights violations.

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There are tiny tones and manipulated electronics throughout, often an ill-at-ease feel, with primeval forest percussion (Indifferent Universe), and sometimes a jazzy organ pops up, with intriguing effects aplenty. Dalt’s voice is intermittent and poker-faced, hypnotic. Anticlines is so so so paced, and successful in that the tracks run only between 1:21 and 4:41 each. Somehow she manages to overlap the rhythm incisively to become a seamless listening experience. It feels like you are watching a performance, a one-act, one-woman stage play. Liminalidad feels as its title implies, I felt the buzzy, disorientation of the trembling bass at my feet. And on Eclipsed Subject what I hear is something wholly similar to a short prayer through a Laurie Anderson-like vocoded voice. Finally, Antiform takes us out with a traveling ode to space, it’s airy, it’s mysterious and fueled by faded signals that punctuate the perfect conclusion to this record. Check out the visual effects-laden video for Tar, directed by Charlotte Collin, recalling the 80s cult classic Liquid Sky. This is nothing short of heady fun.

PS: There’s a Limited Edition, silk-screened jacket of only 75 (only a dozen left at presstime!)….

 

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