Thursday, May 20, 2010

Cosa Brava

Wyattandstuff mentioned the band Cosa Brava in an earlier blog post, and this post is just a big hurrah for their album "Ragged Atlas" (Intakt, 2010).
It´s pretty difficult to classify their music (or other stuff that Fred Frith do!), but Frith seems to call it rock. Thats OK with me, and in a rock landscape I think we have to place them not too far from Henry Cow and prog? But throw some chamber music, folk music, and world music into the pot too.
This is both beautiful and dramatic music, and the vocal tracks make me think of some of the things Michael Mantler has done with singers (one of them being Robert Wyatt).

You want this album! I found mine on iTunes.

This is Cosa Brava:
Fred Frith guitar, bass, voice
Carla Kihlstedt violin, nyckelharpa, bass harmonica, voice
Zeena Parkins accordion, keyboards, foley objects, voice
Matthias Bossi drums, percussion, sruti box, voice
The Norman Conquest sound manipulation
Anantha Krishnan (guesting on one track) mridangam,tabla.

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