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Boomkat Product Review:
Black Bird's Echo was conceived with help from David Grubbs and Melvins bassist Trevor Dunn, but Niobe brings her own unique voice to the album, populating her songs with elaborate, often very noisy electronic production techniques that shatter conventional song structure. On 'Time Is Kindling' her voice and jazzy approach to writing and delivery slips into the avant-garde thanks to a clever integration of sound collage and unorthodox minimalist instrumentation. Far from sounding like a regular song that's merely been doused in effects or additional noise, the whole piece seems to be tilted towards true experimentation, offering a similar brand of deconstruction to that heard on David Sylvian's Blemish LP. Programmed beats and dubstep influenced bassline drops intervene on 'Cadillac Night', further complicating Niobe's brand of songsmithery, while entirely different again is 'Lovely Day', which embraces vintage exotica. Further to that you'll encounter downtempo electro-soul on 'Fever' and exploded free-jazz on 'Shark'. To describe the record is to embark upon an exercise that can only lead to obfuscation of how natural and seamless it all feels; despite colliding myriad musical ideas, these sounds flow effortlessly from Niobe and her collaborators, with results that are cohesive and admirably adventurous.