||Songs From The Cold Seas CD (1995) |
Hector Zazou's career has come a long way since his noteworthy recordings for Belgian avant-garde label Made To Measure. He has always had an affinity for blending world-music mores with cutting-edge electronics, which, combined with an aptitude for experimentalism, is beautifully demonstrated on SONGS FROM THE COLD SEAS.
Zazou uses talents such as Bjork, Suzanne Vega, John Cale, Jane Siberry, and Siouxsie, dribbling their seductive vocal phrasings over songs of shimmering, dusky electronics and worldbeat rhythms like sweet raspberry sauce over a chocolate sorbet. It's a tasty concoction: the techno-folk stylings of "The Lighthouse," the chunky Japan-like global funk of "Adventures in the Scandinavian Skin Trade," the crisp jazzy ambience of "The Long Voyage." And through it all, Zazou and his compatriots suggest journeys into desolate climates and exotic locales, rippled with fits of longing, melancholia, and delight. SONGS FROM THE COLD SEAS is opulent stuff.
Personnel: Hector Zazou (guitar, keyboards, programming, drum programming, electronics); Siouxsie Sioux, Mari Kaasinen, Tchotghtguerele Chalchin, Demnine Ngamtovsovo, Elisha Kilabuk, Kirsi Kahkonen, Sirpa Reiman, Jane Siberry, John Cale, Koomoot Nooveya, Lena Willemark, Lioudmila Khandi, Suzanne Vega, Tokiko Kato, Vimme Saari, Björk, Catherine-Ann Macphee (vocals); Barbara Gogan (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Pierre Chaze, Lone Kent, Marc Ribot (electric guitar); B.J. Cole (steel guitar); Orlan Mongouch (balalaika); Elisabeth Valletti (harp); Noriko Sanagi (koto); Ale Möller (mandola); Balanescu Quartet (strings); Renaud Pion (flute, bagpipe, clarinet, bass clarinet, woodwinds, baritone saxophone, keyboards); Jan Johan Andersen (harmonica); Mark Isham (trumpet); Patrick Morgenthaler ...