Lucia Cadotsch — Speak Low (Feb. 26, 2016)
Location: Zurich, Suisse ~ Berlin, Germany
Album release: February 26, 2016
Record Label: Yellowbird/ENJA
01. Slow Hot Wind 4:42
02. Speak Low 5:18
03. Strange Fruit 7:01
04. Ain’t Got No / I Got Life 4:29
05. Don’t Explain 4:26
06. Deep Song 3:59
07. Some Other Spring 3:17
08. Willow Weep For Me 4:43
09. Gloomy Sunday 4:49
10. Moon River 3:06
• LUCIA CADOTSCH voice
• OTIS SANDSJÖ tenorsaxophone
• PETTER ELDH double bass
• IT WAS A DIFFERENT WORLD BACK THEN. THERE WAS A TIME BEFORE YOU COULD AMPLIFY SOUND WITH ELECTRICITY, BEFORE • YOU COULD ACCUMULATE SOUND IN PLASTIC AND BRING IT FROM ONE CORNER OF TELLUS TO ANOTHER.
• THIS IS THE REMIX. KEEPING IT SIMPLE AND RAW. THREE VOICES STUBBORNLY CREATING THE CORE OF ALL MUSIC; RHYTHM! • CANDLES STILL FLICKER, THE FREQUENCIES OF YESTERDAY STILL RESONATE. THIS IS ACOUSTIC RETRO~FUTURISM.
• All arrangements by Lucia Cadotsch, Otis Sandsjö, Petter Eldh
• Recorded by Klaus Scheuermann at Rec Publica, Lubrza, Poland, August 17th~19th 2015
• Mixed and mastered by Klaus Scheuermann at 4Ohm Music, Berlin
• Photos by Michael Jungblut
• Design by Manon Kahle
Mon 3 Dec 2018 15.24 GMT; Score: ★★★★★
Edgy, compelling refits of famous songs.
♦ Remember the name Lucia Cadotsch — you’re going to be hearing a lot of it. Cadotsch is a young, Zurich~born vocalist who possesses a classical clarity, a folk singer’s simplicity, and an appetite for performing very famous songs (‘Moon River’, ‘Don’t Explain’, ‘Strange Fruit’) in the company of two edgy free~jazz instrumentalists, who flank her sedate progress with split~note sax sounds and spiky basslines and percussive strumming. That might sound like a merciless deconstruction of fine songs, but in this compelling trio’s hands the process is remarkably melodious and illuminating.
♦ Speak Low is delivered with phlegmatic gentleness as saxophonist Otis Sandsjö’s looping ostinato gets increasingly windy and raw, and ‘Strange Fruit’ is stalked by multiphonic sax growls and swiped, twanging bass chords. Cadotsch is as light~stepping and dolefully swinging as Madeleine Peyroux on ‘Some Other Spring’; low~key on ‘Moon River’, as if the very thought of the rainbow’s end is wearisome. It’s all eerily beautiful.
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