Boomkat Product Review:
A zoomorphic thriller for followers of Ute’s tutors and collaborators, Phil Minton, Henning Christiansen or Rhodri Davies, featuring wild, skilful recordings of avian mimicry and beyond.
Hamburg’s composer/performer/improvisor Ute Wasserman channels our feathered friends in a forest of ‘Strange Songs’ for the exploratory avant-garde and jazz label, Treader. Nakedly relying on her incredible improv tekkerz, Ute ululates and convulses a huge variegation of sounds that draw on nature in a way that has inspired folk and classical music throughout the ages. If it’s your first time hearing this sort of thing, it may appear a bit mental, but there’s a real skill to what she’s doing, showcasing a spectrum of multiphonc trills and yodels that may, or may not, also feature the sounds of actual birds. No shit but i think there’s one joining in with the music outside my window right now, and I vividly recall a personal morning of call and response with an unidentified bird in Fallowfield (possibly a pished student, though) many years ago that was nearly as fun as this album.
Of course, you could do it yourself, but Ute’s constant, inventive permutations are a wonder to behold, likely to baffle twitchers or your neighbours as much as yrself with her transfixing flights of fancy.