Vital Weekly 1168

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number 1168
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week 5
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THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS DAGORA – TAFKAD-CYMBOL
(cassette by Toztizok Zoundz)

Did I hear of Dagora before? I can’t recall. Not sure if they now split up with a name like this, or perhaps if there is some hidden pun/nod/respect to The Artist Formerly Known as Prince. At least he made it to the cover, so it must be. Maybe this is just a one-off release from the weird and wacky minds that you also find with Occii, Amsterdam’s more adventurous stages when it comes to new music. Both sides of this eighty-minute tape revolve around the sound of the cymbal, one of those parts of the drum kit, in case you were wondering; and yes, Prince referred to himself as the symbol at one point. It all ties together. On the first side, we have Stevus playing the cymbal acoustically without the use of any effects and he does that to great effect. I guess it’s easy to hit the cymbal and get it going, ringing and singing as you would know it, but after about sixteen minutes he takes the sound down and it becomes all spooky and quiet, like someone moving around in the recording space with a handheld recorder, going outside and the cymbal almost disappearing. It ends with a poem and sparse cymbal sound. It is all-together a great piece,
powerful and delicate. On the other side is PQ uses Stevus recording and putting it through what is just called ‘his wide range of machines, the circuit bending wizard’, so I have vaguely an idea of what’s going on, but that is also based upon what I hear here. PQ moves the original around, sometimes sounding like the ‘original + transformations’, but at a few assorted points in time the transformations are to such an extent that they no longer sound like a cymbal. Towards the end, it becomes some sort of crazy electronic organ doodle, and it is hard to believe it has anything to do with the cymbal. PQ offers quite a wild ride here, going from one end to the exact opposite but it surely works quite well; different kind of power. Nice risograph printed cover also wrapped around
here and it tops off a fine product that oozes the halcyon days of cassette releases. (FdW)
––– Address: https://dagora.bandcamp.com/album/tafkad-cymbol
released December 20, 2018

 

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