Boomkat Product Review:
Well here's a curiosity indeed; released on the Devendra Banhart-curated Gnomonsong label, this is a re-working of Danielle Stech Homsy's second album and is defiantly odd. Raised in New Mexico by a gay Syrian painter and a Ukranian flamenco dancer, the musician dragged in influences from far and wide which is more than evident on this selection of peculiarities. Claiming to have been influenced by techno music just as much as folk, there is a sense of bravery on this album, and instead of writing one track in one style and one track in another, Homsy blurs the lines between genres inflicting each style with elements of the next to create a truly endearing mish-mash of sound and intent. I guess the closest comparison would be to NYCs Cocorosie as Homsy shares a similar penchant for lo-fi crumbling electronics and outsider-leaning song construction, but there's also a giant comparison to be made with the Fonal records crew. At times on 'The Bride of Dynamite' I was reminded of Islaja or Paavoharju, and knowing that Homsy has spent time in Russia and Eastern Europe draws that connection even closer. This doesn't sound like your typical American album, not in any way whatsoever, there are pockets of influence but 'The Bride of Dynamite' in its subject matter (Europe, love, Iraq, feminity) and overriding style is a different beast. That's what makes her such an interesting singing for the fledgling Gnomonsong label which up until now has focused on the much more traditional (if that makes sense) end of the New Weird America sound. A rough diamond, 'The Bride of Dynamite' is the sort of album which takes months to truly understand, and it's the sort of album you'll want to spend months with. Gorgeous and unpredictable, it comes highly recommended!