I first became acquainted with the husband and wife team called DVA (two) when I saw their video "France Trance." "Quirky" did not adequately describe this humorous little gem, in which a balloon sings in faux French before "getting popped."
After a 30-year hiatus, the Chicago rock band ONO is back. Lead singer Travis, who goes by one name, commandeered the stage late last month at the rock club Shea Stadium in Brooklyn, New York and immediately entranced the room.
It is mind-boggling how Ximena gets so many sounds from her own body, but she does magnificently enchant by snapping her fingers, clapping her hands, pounding her chest, whistling, rolling her tongue just to name a few sound maneuvers.
Leyya Tawil and Mike Khoury are two avant-garde artists featured at DIWAN5 whose solo work is challenging conventions in dance and music, respectively. As kindred spirits in creative inquiry, their collaborations with each other beget a third realm of expression.
Bringing back the aesthetic delight of early analog video pioneers, artists like the Vasulkas and Nam Jun Paik come to mind when watching episodes of ESP TV, the project of Victoria Keddie and Scott Kiernan.
The Autumn influx of new albums is nearly upon us, and I'm not quite ready. I'm still thinking about two on-the-margin releases from the previous 12 months that made me listen differently while revealing something significant about how the artists approach sound.