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eglantine gouzy - Boamaster
Ireland's Osaka recordings return with the debut album from French singer and producer Eglantine Gouzy. Some of you might remember the lovely lady from last year's compilation of female electronica '4 Women No Cry' on the Monika imprint, and this full length is a continuation of her unique styles. Singing in French and English with a tone reminiscent of Bjork but never too close to be considered a copyist, the most noticeable element of Miss Gouzy's music is the distinct electronic-acoustic production. It's somewhere in-between Niobe or Leila's skewed electronic meanderings and Colleen's distant minimal romanticisms, yet the addition of Gouzy's childlike poems and warm vocal melodies set her apart from any artists I care to mention. Each track seems to have it's own distinct style and place, which works surprisingly well - it would have been easy for an album such as this to feel jumpy or indistinct but Gouzy carries it off quite effortlessly, with the skewed minimal tribal electronics of 'Boa' perfectly offsetting the windswept 50s rock 'n roll influenced 'Cowboy' and the blipping analogue electronics of 'A Gnome'. It's sad but women are still largely undervalued in the world of electronica, hopefully with more artists such as Eglantine Gouzy (there's a new 4 Women No Cry compilation due this year too...) the tables will turn. Here's one more for the revolution! Recommended.