I've listened to this album a number of times now and it still hasn't revealed all its secrets to me. An amazing piece of work all the way through, from its psycho-satanic cover to the ambient whsipers hidden deep in the songs' whirligig of distortion. At points it's a bit PJ Harvey, and sometimes a bit Birthday Party, but it has a twisted yet cohesive idenity all its own. I bought Carla's whole discog on Bandcamp and randomly started with this one. I can't wait to make my way through the rest.
Favorite track: Iris Didn't Spell.
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Prince Of Truth stays true to Evangelista’s uncompromising and compelling combination of delicate coaxing love and wicked cathartic awakening sonic voyage. Evangelista has coalesced around a core trio, with Carla Bozulich and bassist Tara Barnes now joined by keyboardist/sound artist Dominic Cramp. Returning to Montreal and the Hotel2Tango studio where the previous two Evangelista records were made, the new album was co-written by the above trio along with several members of their extended Montreal family.
With Prince Of Truth, Bozulich has shaped her Evangelista group into something more intense, more committed, more complex and more sonically and compositionally obsessive than ever. Conventional song structure is mostly absent – the pieces are built from an extremely diverse set of sound sources, taking shape through layers of accumulation and juxtaposition, foreground and background, sudden shifts, suspensions and dissolutions – and Carla’s commanding voice and brilliant lyrics.
Sprung from the obsessions of Bozulich’s instinctual, maniacally detail-oriented mind and channeled through the incantatory/seductive/soul persona of the classic chanteuse, Carla and her Evangelista band have made an album of searing and beguiling depth, the spoils of a phenomenal group of musicians occupying an entirely original zone at the intersection of improv, noise, post-industrial and musique concrete, forging an experimental gothic soul music for our impossible times.
released October 5, 2009
Nels Cline: guitar
Lisa Gamble: bike wheel, saw, thumb piano
Shahzad Ismaily: drums, guitar
Ches Smith: drums, percussion
Thierry Amar – contrabass
Bobb Bruno: drums
Ezra Buchla: viola
Jessica Catron: cell, vocals
Disco and Velvet Smoove: backing woos
Jonah Fortune: contrabass
Devin Hoff – contrabass
M.D.s: backing woos
Nadia Moss: keyboards
Luis Naranjo: backing woos
Stefan Nelson: gong
Andrea Serrapiglio: cello
Shannon Zombelle: backing woos
Recorded by Efrim Menuck at Hotel2Tango, Montreal, Canada and Carla Bozulich at Runaway’s House, Los Angeles, USA. Mixed and produced by Carla Bozulich. Additional tracking by Mark Wheaton at Catasonic, Tar and Dominic up in Oakland Town, and Shahzad Ismaily at home. Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering.
Carla Bozulich / EvangelistaLos Angeles, California
Carla Bozulich is an art-punk provocateur: a writer, producer, curator, interdisciplinary artist and prolific musician with one of the most unique voices in any genre. Her work is brutally raw and weirdly visionary.