yek koo – Love Song for the Dead C

Metal Rouge’s Helga Fassonaki’s latest work, an LP entitled Love Song for the Dead C, was released to coincide with her installation at Human Resources Gallery in L.A. as the first part of her musical hagiographies series.  The record easily stands on its own, however, and not just as a companion piece.  The Sean McCann mastered LP is both disorienting and enlightening in some kind of religious voodoo derived from Fassonaki’s unconscious experimentalism reminiscent of the lo-fi outsider tapes of the late 80s and early 90s.

I mention that particular scene of outsider art not for style similarities but for the like-minded aesthetic of raw and stripped-down honesty within the 5-song record.  And while the songs play homage to a certain beloved New Zealand trio known for its lo-fi improvisational approaches to noise rock, each piece  on Love Song becomes something greater than a reference or a wink, each track transcends its elementary function toward higher ideals, clouded and jumbled as they may be.  But that’s the beauty of it, right?  Fassonaki, “situating herself in the position [..] of her musical saints,” has contributed back to the source from which her love of sound was born.  Recommended.

-Jared Micah


Artist: yek koo

Album: Love Song for the Dead C

Label: Emerald Cocoon


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