Marnie and Julie have been connected by many personal and artistic threads over the years, including playing together in the earliest days of Live Skull. Their self-titled debut LP is everything one could hope for from this collaboration.
These veterans of the noise wars have learned the power of stealth. The repetition of poetry and percussion create an all enveloping cloud of shadow and shape. Nikki D'Agostino's saxophone weaves it all together with spells of melody and trills that could charm a snake.
—Thalia Zedek Live Skull, Come
FeMaLe GEniUs is the groovin'est band without a drummer you've ever seen. Based on genius bass lines, the trio plays a tangent to different styles that arose from the early NYC punk/experimental scene. Their songs will stick with you stealthily. The vocals are honest with in(genius) harmonies that are spot-on primal, yet fresh. Top that with a techno-genius sax player and psychedelic moods, and you've got FeMaLe GEniUs.
—Michael Jung Alice Donut, Um
Howl Arts Releases Limited-Edition Vinyl LP
The self-titled album captures the raw intensity of this Brooklyn estrogen band. The cover art, red vinyl, minimal label, and graphic score included in the package indicate that this album is both a recording project and an art object. The hand-numbered limited-edition of 300 begins on the front cover with a collage of a fractured face by New York artist Douglas Landau.
The back cover and record labels are photographs by artist and band-member Julie Hair. The back cover imagery, a collection of objects ranging from a vintage ceramic dog and religious icon from Hair’s childhood to a sculpture by Philadelphia artist Paul Bearer, represents the three band members.
The 11 x 22” graphic score by band member Nikki D’Agostino uses visual symbols outside of the realm of traditional notation to represent music. Modern graphic notation relies heavily on the imagination of each performer. “Removing traditional performance practice leaves the performer with a kind of exclusive power to act as an improvising interpreter as well as an inspired spontaneous composer,” says D’Agostino.
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