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Myra Davies / Beate Bartel / Gudrun Gut

Sirens

    “Sirens" - the new album from Canadian Spoken Word poet Myra Davies with music by Berliners Gudrun Gut and Beate Bartel. Myra Davies is back with a new packet of witty stories and poetic reportage in a dynamic current of electronica by Berliners, Gudrun Gut and Beate Bartel. Movement is a major theme.Davies' eye, insightful yet detached, wanders assertively over land to sea to outer space, through time; past to present to future. Her observations and reflections on art, culture, convention, capitalism, express instability, the contingent even conjectural nature of existence. Yet they suggest (without promising) the possibility of optimistic resolution. For Davies, the personal is political and Art is more so. The album includes a three-track riposte to Götterdammerung, the final opera in Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle. Two tracks tell the story. The third (DO YA) links the epic to us. Wagner was called 'the great seducer' because he aimed to 'take' his audience in an emotional gut grab that's been described as 'artistic rape'. No invitation here to sink hypnotically into the dark ambient tones Gut and Bartel provide for Davies, who in telling the story frequently pops out of it to comment. Indeed, the point of revisiting this End Time for Übermenschen is to draw attention to the eagerness with which we give ourselves to art, politics, love, war, consumption, work, religion, pop culture, technology, vanity, and thus to bondage. Fortunately, the message is delivered in a tempestuous roil of words and music, i.e. - seductively.

    Myra Davies: A personal Note: The word 'siren' contains both allure and danger warning. Come hither. Stay away. Such isometric emotional dualities can drive a person around a post like a work donkey. I question such 'native' impulses and the Romantic notion that emotion is the seat of authenticity, our true core. Our minds - amygdala included - are colonised. Yet the human brain is flexible. It's possible to take territory, to write our own code. 'Your mission, if you choose to accept it'. Thanks for listening.

    Malaria!

    Compiled 2.0

      Founded in Berlin in January of 1981, Malaria! has a legacy that goes way beyond being Germany's very first all-female post-punk outfit. Motorik beats and dark synth flourishes underscore nearly gothic vocals on songs that range from New Order-esque pop to the grimmest of bad-trip-inducing experimentalism.

      With 20 tracks from the group's influential early years, Compiled 2.0 gathers together all of the debut album, 1982's Emotion, as well as the first single and various other EP and compilation cuts. This is the definitive collection of a pioneering group that has been woefully underrepresented on vinyl for decades.

      January 1981 found Gudrun Gut and Bettina Koster in Christopher Franke's Berlin-Spandau Studio recording their first Malaria! EP (Zensor Records). Christine Hahn of The Static with Glenn Branca and Barbara Ess, joined in from New York, and Manon P. Duursma fresh from Nina Hagen's O.U.T. project and Susanne Kuhnke completed the Line-Up. Malaria! started touring intensively soon after the release of their 12", commencing with a concert with New Order at Brussel's Ancienne Belgique, and going on from there to concerts with Siouxsie and the Banshees, Birthday Party, The Slits, The AuPairs, Raincoats, Nina Hagen, John Cale, Einsturzende Neubauten. They played venues as diverse as the Mudd Club, Peppermint Lounge and Studio 54 in New York, the Documenta in Kassel, the Bat Cave in London, Les Bains Douche in Paris, Milky Way and Paradiso in Amsterdam, ICA in London, the Piazza Santa Maria Novella in Florence and Markthalle in Hamburg and naturally, again and again, at the SO36 in Berlin.While touring, Malaria! used their time off to record in Studios in New York, London, Brussels, New Orleans, and in Berlin (How Do You Like My New Dog? 7", Weisses Wasser 12", New York Passage 12", Revisited MC, Emotion Album). At the BBC studios in London Maida Vale Malaria recorded an Kit Jensen and a John Peel Session. Malaria! took a break in 1984 - Bettina and Christine re-located to New York, and Gudrun and Manon stayed in Berlin to form, with Beate Bartel, Matador, but not before they recorded their Mini-Album, Beat the Distance. 1992 Gudrun, Bettina, Christine, and Manon met up in New Orleans with Jim Thirlwell (Foetus) to record Elation 12". Elation was followed by Cheerio, Album, which again was recorded in Berlin.Chicks on Speed did their own version of Malaria's song, Kaltes Klares Wasser in 2001, and the Remix went into the German Top 10. Malaria has been an instrumental part of Berlin Music History


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