Jul 10, 2013

RhoDeo 1327 Aetix

Hello, it looks as if mr Snowden will drop in on Venezuela, not a bad choice as the locals reckon they have the most beautiful women of the world on offer, not sure it's a safe place though, the CIA has plenty of connections to the local opposition and Caracas has the reputation of being the murder capitol of the world. If I were him i'd go for Iceland, obviously far from the lucious Hawaii he was used to, but it's rough emptiness will heal the soul and there are plenty of kindred spirits around.


Today's artist was requested a few weeks ago, she's had an unusual life, named Anne Taylor at birth, her entire life has perhaps been one of restless motion around the world -- before initially making a name for her music in early-'80s New York City, she had already lived in Tokyo (her birthplace), Ann Arbor, Ottawa, and Florence. Her first album didn't appear until 1986, a self-titled effort that captured her knack for sly, danceable music and often quietly unsettled lyrical visions in the 4 years that followed 2 more full albums would appear these are all here to ......N'Joy

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Domino was born an army brat in Tokyo, Japan to an artistically-inclined family who particularly enjoyed singing. Her father, James J. Taylor, was in the United States Army before he became a videographer in Washington, D.C.; her mother, Mimi Cazort, is curator emerita for National Gallery of Canada. Her brother, Alan Taylor, is a well-known film and television director.

Being part of a military family, Domino has lived in various places around the world — Ann Arbor, Michigan, Florence, Italy and Ottawa, Canada. She eventually settled in New York, where she became a fashion designer.

Early in her career, Domino sang with a number of New York City bands, but didn't catch the attention of American record labels until she had released several albums with the Belgian record label Les Disques du Crépuscule, releasing a single in 1983, Trust In Love. Two E.P. releases, East and West and Rythm, followed in short order. In 1986, her first complete album Anna Domino was released. Domino and Belgian musician Michel Delory began a personal and professional partnership in 1987 that resulted in her second album, This Time, a more varied collection that scored a notable profile in Japan though no American dates surfaced beyond a New York-based residency in 1988. The result of that series of dates was the Colouring in the Edge and the Outline EP, a return to a more electronic approach, which in turn was contrasted by the 1990 album Mysteries of America, a more acoustically inclined reflection on the cycle of life and death.

Following that release, Domino and Delory took an extended sabbatical, broken only by the release of a Canadian compilation, Favorite Songs From the Twilight Years, in 1996, accompanied by a smattering of shows. At the time, however, she and Delory had already begun work on a new project under the name Snakefarm, her revisioning of the alt-country/murder ballad aesthetic. The resultant album, Songs From My Funeral, was released in 1999, but nothing new followed for some years, while she and Delory eventually settled near Los Angeles.

In 1999 Domino and Delory formed the folk rock alternative outfit Snakefarm, and released the album Songs From My Funeral, a collection of murder ballads from the 1920s to the 1950s. Their second album My Halo At Half-Light was released on October 11, 2011.

Twenty years after her last solo release, on June 2010, Domino released a new single, Blood Makes Noise. The single (originally by American singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega) is a part of Allergy To Consciousness, a singles series released on alternative/minimalist independent music label EnT-T. On January 2012, she collaborated with producer/remixer Dub Mentor on the single Johnny - which is based on the traditional When Johnny Comes Marching Home and Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya (also released on EnT-T). Domino also made the video clip for the song.

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After a series of enjoyable singles and EPs, Anna Domino's first proper album as such was a sharp, fun treat. Working Marc Moulin of Telex and Alan Rankine, formerly of the Associates, Domino kicked up her heels in a series of songs both of the '80s and beyond it. The arrangements place songs like "Drunk" and "Not Right Now" at a certain time -- then state-of-the-art drum machines and synth bass, for instance -- but Domino's ear for singing and pop fascinations of other times did the trick. Her voice is low and moody without being smoky as such -- it's not rough but neither does she coo -- and she keeps an easy feel going in her music, with plenty of finger-snapping, hip-swinging grooves. When she goes "modern," as on the sparkling "Caught," it's just as intriguing, an argument against seeing her simply as a revival act. If an inexact parallel could be drawn, Anna Domino almost suggests a companion album to early Sade -- there's the same calm coolness that's not dull, one where silence and space rather than a wall of sound is crucial. Everything but the Girl is another obvious reference point -- perhaps unsurprising considering Ben Watt was due to do some remix work for Domino a couple of years beforehand. "Rythm," the intentionally misspelled single that had surfaced a year before, kicked things off with a jazzy feel that found an unexpected midpoint between Tracey Thorn and Laurie Anderson, swinging pop with a sly, wry cast. The left-field inclusion is an inspired remake of Smokey Robinson's "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game," given a slight lovers rock undertow to mix with Domino's general approach. The LTM reissue of the album in 2004, as always in keeping with the rest of the label's work, contains various B-sides and an Arthur Baker remix of the jaunty "Summer" as bonus cuts.



Anna Domino - Anna Domino  (flac 396mb)

01 Rythm 4:19
02 Drunk 3:54
03 Koo Koo 4:14
04 My Man 4:40
05 Caught 6:08
06 Summer 4:25
07 The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game 3:30
08 Chosen Ones 4:12
09 Not Right Now 4:38
10 Take That 4:15
11 Sixteen Tons 4:28
12 Half Of Myself 3:55
13 Target 4:13
14 Zanna (Luc Van Acker) 3:08
15 Summer (12" Mix) 6:06

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On her first American album, Anna Domino showed flashes of considerable promise, setting her delicate guitar and voice amidst keyboard-heavy backdrops created with co-writer Michel Delory. The pair did their best work on the first few cuts off This Time; "Own Kind" is a bouncy synth pop number that carries a stinging message about "a generation rotten to the core," while the full-bodied disco groove of "Time for Us" forces Domino to abandon her usual wispy singing, with fine results. Unfortunately, that's not enough to keep the rest of the album from evaporating into a cloud of new age mist, as Domino disappears behind the sterile production (by the soon-to-become-famous Flood). She resurfaces only once, on "Lake," the final track, where the annoyingly dramatic synth patches aren't half as evocative as the melody and poetic lyric. This Time ended up being a primer on how not to utilize Domino's skills, a lesson she obviously learned the next time out, on 1988's Colouring in the Edge and the Outline.



Anna Domino - This Time  (flac 432mb)

01 Own Kind 3:50
02 Just Once 3:41
03 Time For Us 4:35
04 Change To Come 5:01
05 This Time 5:43
06 Tempting 5:10
07 She Walked 3:59
08 Rain 4:17
09 Come To Harm 4:50
10 Lake 5:02
11 Hammer 4:20
12 Chaos 3:56
13 Please Don't 3:45
14 Tempting (Single Version) 6:58
15 Tempting (1996 Version) 5:53

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Still the most recent full-length album released solely under Anna Domino's name, compilations aside, Mysteries of America showed Domino entering the '90s on a quietly adventurous note with an album balanced somewhere between general concept and collection of songs. More so than her previous albums, and in keeping with the album title, Mysteries of America is indeed a very 'American'-sounding record in ways -- there are elements of what came to be called classic rock without necessarily replicating it. Consider the Hammond organ and acoustic guitar at the center of the opening "Home," suggesting wide-open spaces and a certain kind of tradition, perhaps. It's hardly Domino going unplugged, however -- much in the same way that, say, Kate Bush or Tim Buckley's compositional and sonic range seemed to keep growing with time, Domino here captures ever lusher, more involving atmospheres. It can be heard in the texture of keyboards and serene singing on "Pandora" or the contemplative closer "Dust;" even "Paris," a distinctly un-American song, perhaps, uses accordion to suggest an impression of the city rather than simply replicating a style. Ranging from youth to death with stops along the way, the subject matter of the album suggests 'mysteries' in an almost spiritual sense. Domino's ear for an inspired cover serves her well once more with the album's literal centerpiece, a serene remake of Jesse Winchester's "Isn't That So." The LTM issue, as with all the others, provided bonus tracks, in this case including the entirety of 1988's Colouring in the Edge and the Outline EP. Much more electronic than Mysteries, it's a contrasting but not violently different set of songs, including what's probably her best individual song all around, "88." One further bonus is "Stand Apart," a hitherto unreleased cover of a song by Crepescule labelmate Jonathan Prosser recorded in 1987.



Anna Domino - Mysteries Of America (flac 412mb)

01 Home 4:54
02 Pandora 4:24
03 Paris 4:14
04 Bonds Of Love 4:51
05 Isn't That So 3:45
06 Tamper With Time 3:19
07 Bead/9.15 3:31
08 "Oh Beautiful…" 3:48
09 Dust 3:26
Colouring In The Edge And The Outline
10 Luck 4:09
11 Clouds Of Joy 4:43
12 Tyranny (Of Your Company) 2:56
13 88 5:03
14 Perfect Day (No, He Says) 4:13
15 Always Always 4:36
16 Stand Apart 3:51

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

anna domino at last - how nice. how about her by far best offering, her debut east & west?
and kip hanrahan!

Unknown said...

Yeah would love to hear the debut EP if you have it!

Anonymous said...

Reup Anna Domino please!