CHAOS BUTTERFLY
Three Living Things

[Pitch a Tent Records, www.pitchatent.com]

JONATHAN SEGEL
Edgy Not Antsy

[Pitch a Tent Records, www.pitchatent.com]


American multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Segel was a mystery to me, but with the help of these records, the mystery has now slowly lifted.
Chaos Butterfly is vocalist, computer geek and wine connoisseur Dina Emerson along with Jonathan Segel who plays guitars, violin and the computer. Chaos Butterfly appreciates an ethereal atmosphere. Chaos Butterfly is not unlike a butterfly that once re-born from its larval state flies around the garden chaotically searching for its source of food. The duo doesn't really define its music rigidly - as in, this is our genre and we're not deviating from outside these boundaries. On initial listens to "Three Living Things", Dina's high-pitched vocals struck me as having an unexplained ancient quality. Perhaps it's because she reminds me of vocalists who sing traditional Balkan music that I though she possesses something from another century in her vocal styling. Then I listened more closely and I found she pays close attention to nuances and minute details in her craft. Dina's vocal work is not unlike a lazier Susan Voelz. Her voice seems to have the same country growl that Susan had in her glory days at the beginning of the 90's. Musically, this duo is all over the map. From the spacey "Rocks & Numbers (part 1)" to the break-beat and vocal experimentation on the ethereal "Sleepy", stylistically they remain rooted in the post-rock-meets-improvised-music category. Jonathan Segel is especially effective in creating an eerie mood when he's striking his processed violin or when, like a madman, he plays intricate and wild guitar passages. Sure, rubbing wine glasses adds a nice touch to the record, but too often this is drowned out by a dozen other things happening on the record at the same time. When the duo pumps out what resembles a pop song - the dark and ominous "Aruanda" - they do it without a glitch. Now comes the hard part - to recommend or not? I definitely wouldn't recommend this record to lovers of only one realm of the musical world. However, without a hint of a doubt, I'll recommend this CD to everybody who likes to keep their mind open to new and ground-breaking music.

Jonathan Segal's outing under his own name "Edgy Not Antsy" is a different bag altogether. Just as the previous record was produced by Myles Boisen, this time around, the California musician/producer doesn't disappoint. By inviting a dozen musicians [complete with the Mills Late Music Chamber Ensemble] to the studio, Jonathan creates an atmosphere that is loose and lively. Blues, folk, jazz and gospel all somehow sneak their way onto this record. Strangely enough all of these disparate sounds seem to work well together. While the rock-out psychedelic "Permanent Dream State" seems to dabble in extreme forms of the "strange", the country-tinged "Lifeboat" works beautifully on its own accord. Rock, psychedelia, folk and American roots music - it's all here. Songs of love, pain and loss, all served up with a generous dose of humour. Pop? Rock? Who cares when we've got great song-writing and dark humorous anecdotes galore. "Edgy Not Antsy" is a chaotic mish-mash that ultimately shows-off Jonathan Segel's love for all musics.

- Tom Sekowski


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+ B.Fleischmann - The Humbucking Coil
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+ c/o pop
+ Quio - Like Oooh!
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+ Angie Reed - XYZ Frequency
+ +minus - L'écoute libéré
+ I treni inerti - Aerea
+ Marcus Schmickler/John Tilbury - Variety
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+ Barry Weisblat/Alfredo Costa Monteiro/Ernesto Rodrigues - Diafon
+ Birgit Ulher/Gino Robair - Sputter
+ Cyril Epinat/Mathias Forge/Jérôme Bertholon - Duo...
+ Larry Tee feat. Princess Julia - The Noughties
+ Andi Teichmann - Fades
+ The Vandermark 5 - Alchemia / The Vandermark 5 - koncert w Scenie Na Piętrze / Ken Vandermark feat. Marcin Oleś i Bartłomiej Brat Oleś - Ideas
+ Toktok Records Showcase
+ Transit Kings - Token
+ Tresor 13 - It`s Not Over

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+ THE TIPTONS - Tsunami / DEREK BAILEY / AMY DENIO / DENNIS PALMER - The Gospel Record: The Reference Edition
+ THE DRONES - Wait long by the river and the bodies of your enemies will float by
+ JUDITH JUILLERAT - Soliloquy
+ DEAF CENTER - Pale Ravine
+ RAIN - A Dream Unthreatened / LIO - 1980 - 2005: 25 Years in Pop - Pop Songs & Ballades
+ FRODE GJERSTAD / NICK STEPHENS - North Atlantic Drift / FAST COLOUR - Antwerp 1988: Suite for Johnny Mbizo Dyani / FRODE GJERSTAD / LOUIS MOHOLO / HASSE POULSEN / NICK STEPHENS - Calling Signals
+ STATIC - Re: Talking About Memories
+ HARALD SACK ZIEGLER - Punkt
+ PETER REHBERG - Fremdkoerper
+ TROUM - Tjukurrpa (Part Three: Rhythms and Pulsations)
+ CALIKA - Small Talk Kills Me / LIBRARY TAPES - Alone in the Bright Lights of a Shattered Life
+ LVXUS - Cloudland / LAWRENCE ENGLISH - Happiness Will Befall / GAUDI:TESTA - 1105 / KEMIALLISET YSTÄVÄT - Lumottu Karkkipurkki (Vapaa Systeemi) / VARIOUS ARTISTS - Freq_Out 2
+ ÖLVIS - The Blue Sound
+ YUMA NORA - Jewels in the Snakepit / ROBEDOOR - Grendel Glare
+ WHIP - Atheist Lovesongs to God
+ V.A. - Sonar Kollektiv 4 / V.A. - Secret Love 2 - Compiled by Jazzanova and Resoul / V.A. - Voices In The Wilderness: Dissenting Soundscapes and Songs of G.W.'s ; America / V.A. - Gospel for J.F.P. III - Tribute to Jaco Pastorius / V.A. - No Depression / V.A. - FPLCVL Sampler # 001
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+ PAAVOHARJU - Yhä hämärää
+ THEO JORGENSMANN - Fellowship
+ MAX NAGL ENSEMBLE - Quartier Du Faisan
+ YANNIS KYRIAKIDES - The Buffer Zone
+ FAT FREDDY'S DROP - Based on a True Story
+ PUSH THE TRIANGLE - Cos La Machina 1 / NEW AMERICAN WING - New American Wing / EARL HOWARD - Five Saxophone Solos / JOE ROSENBERG - The Long & Short Of It
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+ COLOMA - Dovetail
+ THE ROYAL WE - The Royal We / URLAUB IN POLEN - White Spot / E:GUM - Keyboard Lies / ROMAN - So Ghost? / MAURACHER - Kissing My Grandma
+ MANDARIN MOVIE - Mandarin Movie / PARK ATTACK - Last Drop At Hideout / FUCK-OFF MACHETE - If Gold Was Silver and Silver Was Gold / THE ETERNALS - Rawar Style

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Mick Harris - wywiad
+ WEF 2005: Andrij Kiryczenko w Zachęcie