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Jaggery — Private Violence
((Not on label) no#, 2012, CD)
by Jon Davis, Published 2013-04-01
There's no overestimating the impact Kate Bush has had on music, especially for many female musicians who found in her a model for how to be successful (musically if not commercially) and remain true to a very personal vision without playing the established games most women had previously played in the music business. Her aesthetic – unabashedly artistic rather than aiming to satisfy popular tastes – has inspired musicians of both sexes. And while Mali Sastri doesn't really sound like Kate Bush (aside from using her voice in many ways, both conventional and un-), that aesthetic is clearly at work here. There's usually a piano at the core of the instrumental backing, but swirling around it can be found strings, harps, and other less common things. But Mali's arresting voice is the center of attention, and completely worthy of close scrutiny, equally at home soaring or whispering, growling or spitting. There's not a dull moment among these five songs – a stunning bit of work. After hearing this new EP, I had to go back and check out Jaggery's other releases, and have not been disappointed.
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