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With six songs taken from a live-to-air session on some imaginably obscure New York radio station, Illusions of the Sun finds a little light illuminating the shadowy outsider-art craft of bizarre/baroque Jersey girl Marianne Nowottny. Her previous solo records have often been dank, dark efforts whose slathered-on layers of wired-up Casios have descended into the carnivalesque depths of some claustrophobic horror show. Here, with her unmistakable singing pushed front-and-center as she accompanies herself on only piano, harmonium, or keyboard, it's on this between-album effort that the quality of Nowottny's idiosyncrasies is shown in the fairest of light. The quality of this quality is on display as plain as day, illuminating an artist whose previous perceived status as some sort of teenaged curio did her a great disservice. In a time of such saturated musical product as this, Nowottny actually stands alone, is actually a lone figure, a unique voice whose iconoclastic voice box — somewhere in the deep-and-murky range of demented-ingenue types Nico and Danielle Dax — says only half the story. Totally removed from anything approximating fashion (or style, notably), and free from scholarly pretension, Nowottny's strange songforms evoke a mutated wonderland in which the beautiful and the grotesque are one and the same, her awkward melodies warping the notion of melody as her voice moans and bewails all kinds of pained sentiments. In the clarity of its simplicity, this disc is the best representative of Nowottny, who is one of the more endearing outsider-art figures in recent days. The desexualizing arabesque garments draped all over "Afraid of Me" and the clattering metal machine accoutrements hammered onto "Manmade Girl" are stripped away here, to show Nowottny as, like, some kind of songwriter, at the same time as it razes the very same notion; her singing-behind-the-ivories idiosyncrasy only conjures some stomach-churning fantasia in which freedoms are taken as given.


by Anthony Carew




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