Voices Of Kwahn


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Rebirth , 6.5/10
Silver Bowl Transmission , 6.5/10
Peninsular Enclosure , 6/10
Operation Dismantled Sun , 6/10
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Voices Of Kwahn are American vocalist (and performance artist) Anna Homler and multi-instrumentalist Mark "Pylon King" Davies. The single Colonist Dreamer introduced their elegant fusion of quirky vocals and electronic/ethnic ambience. Originally, on Rebirth (Max-Bilt, 1993), a double CD that combined a previous EP and a previous LP, Nigel Butler was the keyboardist and the sound was a light patina of samples, dance beats, dub reverbs and vocal avantgarde. Homler's contribution is minimal, despite composing Third Whale Trip, Rebirth Ya Yae Ya Yo Yo Yo and the 20-minute two-part Return Journey. The other three tracks were long ambient electronic dance jams: Re-evolution, The Enlightenment and especially the 21-minute The Transformation.

By the time Silver Bowl Transmission (North South, 1996) was recorded, Butler had left, Davies had absorbed ethnic influences and Homler's vocals had become a staple of their dance/trance format: the 12-minute Silver Bowl and a quartet of nine--ten minute jams (The Great Call, Spirit and the Signal, Bowl Worship, Templex).

Peninsular Enclosure (Swarffinger, 1997) is less ethereal and, at times, almost industrial. Heavy on the samples and the percussions, the songs nonetheless marked a return to a more conventional format (Welcome, The Enclosure, Colonist Dreamer, Peninsular Song, The Cabinet). Notable is the 16-minute Eclipsed.

The mini-album Operation Dismantled Sun (Swarffinger, 1998) presented yet another version of Voices Of Kwahn, one that left behind the ambient/new age leanings of the early albums (and Homler's vocals) and favored a harder, harsher, haunting approach. The most ambitious track was the the 15-minute Dismantled Son.

Gonk is the project of Mark Davies and Nigel Smith. They debuted with Will/Will Not Attend (Swarf).

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Matteo Gentile)

Il duo Voices Of Kwahn è composto dalla cantante americana (e artista performativa) Anna Homler e dal polistrumentista Mark "Pylon King" Davies. Il singolo Colonist Dreamer ha introdotto la sua elegante fusione di vocalità eccentrica e atmosfera elettronica/etnica. Originariamente, per Rebirth (Max-Bilt, 1993), un doppio CD che combinava un EP precedente e un precedente LP, Nigel Butler era il tastierista e il suono era una leggera patina di samples , ritmi dance, riverberi dub e avanguardie vocali. Il contributo di Homler è minimo, nonostante componga Third Whale Trip , Rebirth Ya Yae Ya Yo Yo Yo e la traccia di 20 minuti in due parti Return Journey . Le altre tre tracce erano lunghe jam di electro dance ambient: Re-evolution , The Enlightenment e soprattutto The Transformation , di 21 minuti. Quando venne registrato Silver Bowl Transmission (Nord Sud, 1996) Butler se n'era andato, Davies aveva assorbito influenze etniche e la voce di Homler era diventata un punto fermo del loro format dance/trance: Silver Bowl di 12 minuti e il poker di jams di nove-dieci minuti ( The Great Call , Spirit and the Signal , Bowl Worship , Templex ). Peninsular Enclosure (Swarffinger, 1997) è meno etereo e, a volte, quasi industriale. Violente nei samples e nelle percussioni, queste tracce segnarono comunque il ritorno a un format più convenzionale ( Welcome , The Enclosure , Colonist Dreamer , Peninsular Song , The Cabinet ). Notevole è Eclipsed , di 16 minuti. Il mini-album Operation Dismantled Sun (Swarffinger, 1998) presentava l'ennesimo nuovo volto di Voices Of Kwahn, volto che lasciò alle spalle le inclinazioni ambient/new age dei primi album (e la vocalità di Homler) e perseguì un approccio più duro, crudo e ossessivo. La traccia più ambiziosa era Dismantled Son , di 15 minuti. Gonk è il progetto di Mark Davies e Nigel Smith. Hanno debuttato con Will/Will Not Attend (Swarf).

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