Saturday, March 22, 2008

To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie – "The Patron" CD

This slice of malevolent beauty comes from a Minneapolis duo who mix angelic female voices with harsh and often jaggedly crunchy ambient/electronic sounds. Jehna Wilhelm's fleeting and ethereal voice reminds me of Rose McDowell (of Strawberry Switchblade/Current 93/Coil infamy) while the sound (courtesy of Mark McGee) is a varied and swirly vapour of textural dreams and fuzzy hallucinations, sometimes heavily rhythmic and at other times with a decidedly sinister ambient (even post-industrial) slant. One standout, “You Guys Talk, We'll Spill Our Guts” is a dark nursery rhyme, like the transfiguration of a soul into the great unknown. The nearest parallel would have to be the amazing and magickal Coil “Solstice” singles, but To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie conjure their own spirits on this compelling and mysterious debut. (Kranky)

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