Mosaic Of Bolts - Joan Of Arc And Every House Has A Door - Testimonium Songs


2013
Label: Polyvinyl Record Company - PRC-263 • Format: CD Album, Limited Edition • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Indie Rock
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Chicago avant rock act Joan of Arc has seen many permutations under Air Raid - Danger Ahead guidance of bandleader Tim Kinsellafrom acoustic-leaning post-emo poetics to strange concept albums.

Testimonium Songs definitely falls into the more conceptual field of Joan of Arc 's discography, with the six movements here written for a live performance to accompany experimental theater group Every House Has a Door in an interpretation of poet Charles Reznikoff 's Testimony, a work that collaged courtroom transcripts of cases of workplace negligence between and A concept this involved might be too arty or pretentious in the hands of a different band, but Kinsella has never shied away from the obtuse or Deep Purple - Live With The London Symphonic Orchestra complicated, and Testimonium Songs takes Joan of Arc 's trademarks of melodic repetition and surreal lyricism and intertwines them with more involved compositional arrangements Mosaic Of Bolts - Joan Of Arc And Every House Has A Door - Testimonium Songs anything heard by the band before.

A power trio of Kinsella on guitar and vocals, bassist Bobby Burgand drummer Theo Katsaounis is joined by some of the bigger names in the Chicago avant-garde scene, including David GrubbsFred Lonberg-Holmand vocalist Melina Ausikaitis. The set begins with the acoustic and home-recorded-sounding "Amelia," a nightmarish tale of a young sweatshop worker whose hair gets pulled into a stitching machine.

Kinsella tells this horrific story in graphic detail, and it's Mosaic Of Bolts - Joan Of Arc And Every House Has A Door - Testimonium Songs album's pop-friendliest moment. Gears shift frequently over the rest of the album, from the dark rock of "Mosaic of Bolts" to the minute-long weirdo would-be jazz of "Stephen's Song" moving into the brilliantly choreographed composition of album centerpiece "The Bird's Nest Wrapped Around the Security Camera.

Perhaps the most tightly performed Joan of Arc material, Testimonium Songs feels less like a proper album and more like a sidebar, deeply aligned with the harsh tones of Reznikoff 's bleak poems. It's a bold move, even from a band whose oeuvre is made up of bold moves, and it's another fascinating chapter in the group's twisting saga. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. Blues Classical Country. Electronic Folk International.

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Shaktim says:
Testimonium Songs collects the song cycle composed by Joan of Arc (Tim Kinsella, Bobby Burg, and Theo Katsaounis) to be performed live in Testimonium, a work of performance by well-respected experimental theater ensemble Every House Has a Door. Testimonium responds -- .

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