Kate Wax is the pseudonym of Aisha Devi Enz, a Swiss/Tibetan producer
and composer of electronic music and 'Dust Collection' is her second album
(please do listen to her 2007 debut 'The Dark Collection' too). Ms Wax is
onto something here! The twelve tracks in this collection, in many senses,
deserve the term "experimental". One has the sense of an artist carefully
exploring both the expressive potential of her own voice and of stretching
the boundaries of machine-made music in an idiosyncratic and stirring way.
Her distinctive blend of rhythm and challenging but highly evocative sonic
textures is a brave and bold new contribution to an ever-burgeoning genre.
Ms Wax's voice is a strange and wonderful instrument. Sometimes harsh,
sometimes tender, she manages to keep us continually on our toes and
defying expectations about what might happen next. There is a surprise
around every corner. Whether in the otherworldly harmonies of the bleak
and haunting 'Human Twin'; the edgy grunt and grind of 'Archetype'; the
dance-friendly funky mayhem of 'Echoes and The Light', with its eighties-
tinged juddering synth ostinatos, or the unnerving night sounds and tribal
percussion of 'Holy Beast', her well-crafted arrangements hold us in thrall.
Opening track 'I Knit You' deserves a special mention for its brutal
simplicity; contrasting an ethereally breathy vocal performance with
a single blistering staccato synth line building to a cataclysmic coda.
So too the nightmarish final number 'Les Djinns' which creates a disturbing
but curiously uplifting landscape from its complex rhythmic and melodic
components. A raging animal, loose in the world and bent on destruction!
A thrilling, highly original roller-coaster of an album.