Carla Bozulich
Quieter
Constellation

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Recognizing that time moves on and artists evolve (a least the very goods ones), “Quieter” is Carla Bozulich’s fifth album, and perhaps, it is her best. The list of collaborators include Marc Ribot, Shahzad Ismaily, Ches Smith, Freddy Ruppert, Andrea Belfi, JHNO and our friend Sarah Lipstate. Not that her earlier work should be overlooked, but “Quieter” seems more mature. If you are into music-color pairing, you might think about Bozulich’s earier work as red with the kind of tense, scary vibe you get by using diminished 7th chords.

The tension is still there, but maybe the album takes on a sort-of-purple-blue color. It’s hard to say. In any case, with this new release Bozulich demonstrates her continued willingness to experiment, which makes the album particularly important. The opening track “Let It Roll”, a collaboration with John Eichenseer (JHNO) and Andrea Belfi, is eerily seductive in it’s lyrics and instrumentation/effects. “Written in Smoke” is a collaboration with Sarah Lipstate gives exceptional expression to a hazy or murky atmosphere. The final track, “End of the World,”is a jazz-blues piece co-written by Marc Ribot leaves us with the uncomfortable proposition that the end will come in its own time and fostering the kind of pain that parallels the sound of shutters on rusted hinges whipping in the wind. The album is intelligent and deserves acclaim.