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Carla Bozulich

Carla Bozulich's outings with the Geraldine Fibbers and, more recently, her interpretation of Willie Nelson's Red Headed Stranger might have located her somewhere on alt.country's outer fringes. But here she's departed radically from any conventional roadmap and immersed herself in a storm of acoustic drone and noise.

Evangelista was recorded in Montreal's Hotel2Tango by Godspeed and A Silver Mt. Zion mainstay Efrim, and includes a range of musicians on the Constellation roster alongside multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily. This geographical shift (reciprocated by Bozulich becoming Constellation's first non-Canadian signing) is reflected in the music's radical move away from skewed Americana towards a potent strain of avant rock. The one constant is Bozulich's extraordinary voice, versatile in its ability to be both strident and vulnerable, rawly emotional and quiveringly tender. And the vivid contrasts offered up by this jolting and economical musical accompaniment show her vocals in sharp relief, as she shifts between abstract impenetrability and dramatic exhortation.

On "Evangelista I" Bozulich's vocals rise to impassioned screams from a swooping, soaring and hectoring series of volleys, while the music drones and scrapes eerily away. Next up is "Steal Away," marking a step back from the brink, with its lapping guitar and deep, moaning vocals. "How to Survive Being Hit by Lightning" ratchets up the noise and static fuzz, while Bozulich's voice sounds smaller, even contemplative, the vocal lead shadowed by an unsettling whispering echo. Some beautifully poised but ragged-sounding guitar lends the piece just enough structure to propel it forward. "Inside Sleeps" is an impressionistic murmur of tinkling pianos and found sounds before "Baby That's the Creeps" marks another shift back into darker territory, its muttered croons rising to tortured cries left brutally exposed by a sparse backing. It's a kind of bare-wire torch song confessional. "Pissing" is a cover of a Low song (off last year's The Great Destroyer album), and while it's recognizably Low in structure and pacing, Bozulich makes it her own, as it gradually surges forward into blistering acoustic noise anchored by a measured pulse. "Prince of the World" features the brittle echo of mandolin and acoustic guitar, while voices interweave in ghostly echo-chamber harmonies. On "Nels' Box," Bozulich's processed moans and distorted voice melt into the abstract drone of the backing, a combination of pulsating electronica and harshly scraped viola. "Evangelista II" closes the album's song-cycle with simmering vocals backed by looped sounds and tremolo guitar.

by Tom Ridge

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