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4.5 out of 5 stars
I Paint Pictures on a Wedding Dress
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VINE VOICEon 19 November 2000
From the English view, you listened to and liked dEUS. And then dEUS sort of re-incarnated but without so much of the quirk, and a bit more straight rock. So what happened to the quirk? You liked the quirk.
Well, dEUS lost Stef. And when dEUS lost Stef it lost its love. Stef is multi-coloured, and had been toying around with jazz and love in his band Moondog Jr throughout the dEUS years. One supposes there were contractual problems with the name and that of the original Moondog, so they became Zita Swoon.
And the quirk lives on. After a soundtrack album to F.W. Muranau's "Sunrise" the band set to work on this, their debut album. It is full of love and wonderful seventies kitsch. I hear Joni Mitchell in the weird rhythms, I hear Frank Zappa. Beefheart is always deep under there. Later on electro beats come out and seem to be the way forward for the band if the output on their next soundtrack (Plage Tattoo -- Circumstances) is anything to go by.
It's a broken love on this album. "Song for a Dead Singer" appears to mourn the loss of Jeff Buckley, recently swept away from us by the Mississippi river. "50 years in Dope Jittery" speaks for itself about the ravages of living the goodbad life. And "Still Half My Friend?" -- well, could it be a glance back at former play-mate Tom Barman, still holding together dEUS but without half the love of before? It seems that way.
Look to Zita Swoon. Belgium loves them, sure, but that doesn't mean that England shouldn't love them too. Our music isn't in as healthy a state as this.....
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on 25 June 2003
No two songs echo each other, it is a compilation of all the various personalities that are bursting out within the band and within Stef. It manages to gracefully move from the trully beautiful, to the trully energetic, to the trully crazy with minimum effort. A must for anyone who likes their quirky to actually mean original.
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on 4 November 1999
This album is one in the eye for all those Brit loons listening to Gorky's, Spiritualized and the Superfurries and pretending they represent the outer hebrides of sound exploration. After hit-and-miss incarnations as both Moondog Junior and a live jazz accompaniment to twenties cinema, Zita Swoon have finally hit their sweetspot. 'I paint pictures on a wedding dress' mixes Antwerpenjazz (for the uninitiated a laid back boho-muzo style bedfellowing Miles Davies, Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa and Allen Ginsberg) with jangling blues, cool bass loops, kazoos and... wait for it... Sister Sledge. The result is a merman seduction that entices innocent sailors of the Indie Ocean to embrace new and appealing musical depths. Presiding over the musical Atlantis is the honkytonking Stef Kamil Carlens, ex-dEUS and latterday Flemish Shelley, who has gently persuaded Antwerp's finest boho-muzos to peddle their souls in the noble cause of experimental pop. So the English lyrics sound weird with the pure antwaarps accent... but the Swoons are out to challenge and elevate you to higher spheres. Listen. Learn. Transcend. And catch them live if you can.
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