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Thursday, August 19, 2004

Review - White Rabbits

Artist: Neotropic

Posted on Thu, Aug 19, 2004 at 4:00 AM

One of the original cabal of electronic musicians to grace England's Ninja Tune label, Neotropic braintrust Riz Maslen was never as bombastic as Ninja's mostly boys-club roster; her music was introspective and ambitiously adventurous, but no less provocative. While many electronic musicians have simply disappeared, Maslen returns to up the ante here, incorporating live musicians with her dense computer mixes, their personality-filled performances streaming through an atmospheric tapestry of exotic themes and disturbing effects. "New Cross" recalls guitarist Bill Frisell; "Joe Luke" is pure ambient horror-show; "If We Were Trees" samples mad children laughing as Maslen grumbles, "You're doing my head in." Experimental yet melodically grounded, White Rabbits is frazzled and creaky – quirky music that sounds at one moment like a building on the verge of collapse and at another like the most beautiful sounds of the spheres.

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