's music is both repulsive and abhorrent, but ultimately impossible to escape.
Seems you just have to listen.
Stewart and his avant-garde group Xiu Xiu probably have never had their discs filed in the jazz section of a record store. They have covered music by The Smiths and David Bowie/Queen's "Under Pressure." Certainly, covering a legend invites judgement, but Stewart steers clear of direct imitation of Simone's voice, opting to capture only her emotion.
His breathy sung/spoken lyrics are often whispered into the microphone like a frail Leonard Cohen
insures the tunes will be packed with consequential sound.
Highlights include a rollicking version of "Flo Me La" with Smith hammering out a rock-slide of percussion over Parkins' electronics, a shuffle blues "Four Women" that triggers a violent implosion of sound, and the afro-pop musings of "See Line Woman."
Stewart's interpretation is painful, but it is that good kind of pain.
Track Listing: Don’t Smoke In Bed; Don’t Explain; Wild Is The Wind; Where Can I Go; See
Line Woman; Just
Say I Love Him; Four Woman; Pirate Jenny; You’d be So Nice; The Other
Woman; Flo Me La.
Personnel: Tim Berne: alto saxophone, baritone saxophone; Tony Malaby: tenor
Halvorson: guitar; Andrea Parkins: accordion, electronics, piano, Moog;
Ches Smith: drums;
Jamie Stewart: vocals.