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Hello, Voyager

More surprising than the 2006 collaboration between Carla Bozulich and members of Thee Silver Mt. Zion that produced the album Evangelista is the sense of urgency conveyed in the final product. It is literally steeped in dread which makes it the perfect soundtrack for a continent so paralyzed by fear that it has been driven to the sanctuary of indifference. Make no mistake though, Evangelista is not about resignation. Neither is it about desperation. It is about fighting back against our fears. Most important of all, it is about redemption. It is this quality that makes it stand alone amongst the recordings produced by the Montreal-based Constellation Records collective. And it all begins with urgency.

The inaugural recording of Evangelista, the band, sustains the sense of urgency of the 2006 solo recording. It begins with “Winds of Saint Anne,” a benediction. “Here’s to Saint Anne who’s gone mad. Here’s to the love that bursts from our chests.” Carla invokes the Lizard King's “The west is the best”, the past collides with the present. Echoes of the past reverberate once more during the closing track, “Hello, Voyager”, a Patti Smith Queen of S/he-ba fever dream where Carla unfurls incantations over shifting tectonic plates of clattering percussion. These are just echoes and our intrepid travelers have too much ground to cover. There is the melancholia of “For The L’il Dudes” for contrabass, cello and two violins, the junkyard lurch of “Smooth Jazz”, and the frenetic rocker “Truth is Dark Like Outer Space” which is interposed by bursts of noise and sudden moments of clarity as if it were broadcast from a distant planet. There is “The Frozen Dress” another instrumental, this one forged from frequencies found at the earth’s core. Nels Cline makes an appearance on the ballad, “The Blue Room” which would have been right at home on The Geraldine Fibbers classic Lost Somewhere between Earth and My Home.

Carla has finally found a band capable of galvanizing the emotionality that is the core of her artistry. That Hello, Voyager is at once a greeting and connotative of a departure is fitting. It is the credo of the practicing musician: Welcome home, time to hit the road.

— Jesse Srogoncik, March 6th, 2008

Ethyl Meatplow — Happy Days Sweetheart (Dali, 1993)

The Geraldine Fibbers — The Geraldine Fibbers (Hut Recordings/Virgin Records America, 1994)
The Geraldine Fibbers — Lost Somewhere Between Earth And My Home (Virgin Records America, 1994)
The Geraldine Fibbers — Live From The Bottom Of The Hill (Virgin, 1996)
The Geraldine Fibbers — Butch (Virgin, 1997)
The Geraldine Fibbers — What Part Of Get Thee Gone Don’t You Understand? (Sympathy For The Record Industry, 1997)

Scarnella — Scarnella (Smells Like Records, 1998)

Carla Bozulich — Red Headed Stranger (DiChristina Stairbuilders, 2003)
Carla Bozulich — I’m Gonna Stop Killing (DiChristina Stairbuilders, 2004)
Carla Bozulich — Evangelista (Constellation, 2006)

Evangelista — Hello, Voyager(Constellation, 2008)


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