Words to the Blind CD, インポート
2014 collaboration between Bo Ningen and Savages. Taking their cross fertilization a step further, following Savages' Jehnny Beth guesting on Bo Ningen's album III, WORDS TO THE BLIND is an astonishing piece of work, a 'simultaneous sonic poem' inspired by the Dadaist concept of the 'Simultaneous Poem'.
In 2013 Bo Ningen collaborated with Jehnny Beth on Nichijyou. On that production like Words to the Blind you have a sonic experiment that takes you to that place where music and artistic development are intertwined.
Keep up the great work.
but it is clearly for specialized tastes
- I received this yesterday in the mail, excited to listen to it because I am a big fan of Savages first album.
When I popped it into my computer to load it into my I-tunes I was surprised to notice that the entire album is one track lasting about 37 minutes (strange I thought).
- Today I finally listened to the album and MASSIVE disappointment.
- I understand that artists like to experiment and collaborate, but the product has to be palatable to the intended audience.
The first six minutes or so (out of 37, 1/6 of the album) are a guy whispering in Japanese (someone from Bo Ningen I assume), later followed by a woman whispering in French (Jehnny Beth I assume). I'm sure it is beautiful poetry or something, but I don't understand a word.
- The next six minutes are beeps and drum beats, with an occasional guitar strum (not like electronic music, I enjoy a lot of that, just random ambient sounds). More whispering. No coherent "song."
-At around 12 minutes in, you start to hear what sounds like a song (more like jamming than a structured tune). This lasts the remaining 24 minutes minutes of the album. One song bleeding into the next, more whispering, more murmuring.
Next complaint. The price. Amazon is selling this for $25 CD, $38 Vinyl. I got the CD for $15. Had I paid $25 I would be FURIOUS.
I cannot ever imagine myself intentionally selecting this album from my I-pod to listen to again.
There is not enough there to draw me back. All of the RAW POWER that made me (and I suspect most Savages fans) fall in love with the band is completely missing.
Hope this helps.
Well, if you agree that a signed urinal or an image of a dusty piece of glass can belong in a gallery, Words to the Blind might be to your liking. As a live, Dada-influenced event performed in an art space, this 37-minute work is deliberately meant to challenge and provoke listeners. It's about as far from a fist-pumping, lighter-waving, sing-along gig as you can get. The sleeve even includes a manifesto and artistic statement of purpose for the record.
Musically the piece owes more to Sonny Sharrock and electric Miles Davis than it does to rock. It's simultaneously driving and complex, with overlapping, sometimes oppositional playing. Things never devolve into total cacophony or chaos though; both bands keep to a fairly linear, accesible path throughout. Listeners don't have to worry about keeping up or possibly getting lost as they do with, say, Ornette Coleman or Sun Ra.
So, yes, I do like Words to the Blind. But keep in mind I also like free jazz and Surrealist art and literature...