Boomkat Product Review:
Black Truffle issue this obscure, outstanding art-pop treasure of the most charming order, a collaborative project by David Behrman, Paul DeMarinis, Fern Friedman, Terri Hanlon and Anne Klingensmith recorded at Mills College in 1981 - previously known only to cognoscenti through an obscure self-released three-track 7”, this is the first publication of the complete album, an outrageous confection that mixes art-song and theatrical monologue with live electronics.
One of many wonders from the experimental hotbed of Oakland, CA’s Mills College, the confection of art-song and theatrical p[erformance in ‘She’s More Wild…’ finally unveils a full album of songs stemming from a self-released 3-track 7” that was “known only to cognoscenti” according to the wise ones at Black Truffle.
Notably based on musical backings by The League of Automatic Music Composers’ David Behrman & Paul DeMarinis, it saw the two composers famed for their groundbreaking use of “live” electronics, shapeshifting into more pop-wise forms that recall the sort of freakish beauties found on Black Truffle’s 2019 release of DeMarinis’ ‘Songs Without Throats’, mixed with the sound-sensitive electronics of Behrman’s ‘On The Other Ocean’, but ultimately coming out close to David Rosenboom and Jacqueline Humbert’s avant-pop-tart piece ‘Daytime Viewing’, but without their sometimes aspartame-levels of saccharinity.
Theatrically voiced by Maggi Payne, Fern Friedman, Terri Hanlon and Anne Klingensmith, they take in everything from tongue-in-cheek exotica nodding to notorious cannibal pioneers The Donner Party, to slinky minimal pop snarks at industry politics, satirical riffs on new age self-help culture and the kind of bucolic dream-pop that first drew us to Julia Holter (and clearly influenced her), and the type of electronic occult pop magicking that Coil would come to years later.
What a find?! Unmissable.