Koch-Schutz-Studer with Shelley Hirsch: Walking and Stumbling Through Your Sleep (2013)
If there ever was a piece that brought a nightmarish dream to light in vivid colors and horrific environs, it's "L. Russolo's Nightmare" that hits the mark. Here, drummer Fredy Studer launches a death-metal like backbeat amid Martin Schutz's steely and bizarre electric cello lines as Hirsch harmonizes atop the dissonant and foreboding frameworks. Designed with harrowing choruses, sparking ghostly apparitions in the background, the group executes a slow-moving and rather megalomaniacal outline, shaded by Hans Koch's droning sax parts. It's a daunting proposition via fractured and streaming electronics parked within a halls-of-doom vista, as Hirsch also instills imagery of engaging in paranormal activities or serving as a medium to the other side. Sure enough, it's a lucid nightmare exposed. As history dictates, the core trio is good at these things and other sojourns that are unbounded by logic. They wreak havoc on one's neural system, but in a good way.
Track Listing: Track #1; Track #2; Track #3.
Personnel: Shelley Hirsch: voice and lyrics; Hans Koch: reeds and electronics; Martin Schutz: 5-string electric cello, cello and electronics; Fredy Studer: drums and percussion
Record Label: Intakt Records