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Boomkat Product Review:
‘Bratschebraut’ is an engrossing retrospective of pivotal Belgian avant gardist Moniek Darge, half of Logos Duo with Willem Godfried Raes, and a singular catalyst of liminal experimental ambient sound in her own right
All tracks make their first time on vinyl following their excavation by London’s Horn Of Plenty and cover a period of years around Darge’s debut ‘Sounds of Sacred Places’ (Igloo, 1987) when she was using a similar set-up of prepared violin, electronics tapes, and voice in usually scrabbly, haptic style that saw her debut previously reissued on Graham Lambkin’s Kye.
The four works were never intended for release together but now collected they frame an inquisitive artist-musician ever in flux around fleeting ideas; whether attempting to describe the elements with scratchy early electronics and animist wind instrumentation on ‘Clouds’, or sounding like a divination ceremony using David Behrman-esque circuit chicanery in the far reaches of ‘Dark Waves’, while the title track sees her rely on her improv wits with unsettling results, and the 20 mins of ‘Man Mo 2’ follows to open the window out into a surreal simulation of naturally occurring free jazz minimalism.