Touching Extremes (Italy, July
2006 by Massimo Ricci)
JOSETXO GRIETA - Reminder of a precious life (Audiobot)The "revolutionary" power trio comprising Josetxo Anitua (vocals), Mattin (guitar & noises) and Inigo Eguillor (drums & percussion) is at home both with handmade explosions of venomous dissonance and sibylline whispers of silently mounting rage morphed into words that bath in desperate awareness and effective nihilism. The four messages delivered here constitute a continuity link to La Grieta's "Hermana hostia" (see below) minus the bitter sarcasm and with a more "acid" disposition as far as the music is concerned. It's incredible how Mattin sounds Mattin even with just a guitar; on the other hand, Anitua - who wrote all the lyrics - and Eguillor are an unlikely duo of companions, perfect for the low-budget blasphemy of this venture and gifted with a thoroughly uncontrollable anarchic spirit which can almost be smelled. "Reminder of a precious life" is sonic dust which refuses to be swept away.
“Reminder of a Precious Life” isn’t entirely dissimilar, though with just four tracks the music wanders a bit closer to the longer cuts from “Hermano Hostia”. Again, I get a little bit of a sense of, if not DNA specifically, the sort of climate that existed in the late 70s-early 80s when some strains of punk began to mix with free jazz and improv elements. Eguillor’s drums do tend to keep to rhythms, fragmented though they may be and Anitua’s vocals usually lie somewhere on a continuum from Lindsay to, oh, Yamatsuka Eye. It’s really Mattin’s guitar and other noises that fill out the songs, providing what grist there is to be had. That said, the more lugubrious pacing in this set wears thin after a bit, reaching a low point on “Precious life #1”, where the repeated refrain, “even when the sun goes down”, is endlessly either warbled mock-falsetto or gargled, sounding somewhat like what I’d expect from the unearthly spawn of Diamanda Galas and Tiny Tim. The final track picks things up a bit with a good, steady throb and insistent beat but a little late. Of the two reviewed here, I’ll take the freebie.
Audiobot’s website is here though I see no mention of this recording at the moment.Posted by Brian Olewnick on June 25, 2006 05:22 PM