z'ev & ramona ponzini Ankoku (CD, £11.50)label: A Silent Place
Ramona's personal touch is certainly her own particular Japanese chant, together with the use of traditional percussion, bells and cymbals from Japan. Z'EV has been enchanted by all those elements (listening to Praxinoscope) and asked Ramona for this collaboration. The result of this "long-distance encounter" is ANKOKU, a Japanese word which means "deep darkness". For this debut Ramona's voice and percussion was recorded by My Cat Is An Alien in their mysterious studio, placed somewhere in the Western Alps, with some field recordings added. Recordings were then sent to Z'EV who processed them. Z'EV deconstructs the sweetness of Ramona's chants, enfolding the pieces with a darker atmosphere. The result is an obscure 5 track album, structured on charming vocal melodies in a "haunted house".
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