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1Kic Varijacije (Kitsch Variations)19:28
2Bajka (Fable)20:59

Originally issued in 1977! An avant-garde Croatian masterpiece is back in vinyl again!

Dubravko Detoni (born February 22, 1937) release was the first since his LP on the Phillips Prospective series, which in the '70s was the most credible house for innovative compositional names such as Xenakis and Pierre Henry, who opened the doors to such avant-garde musical invention. Where atonality is to the fore in much avant-garde music, Deoni's sense of abrasion is met with bouts of melodic intervention. Elsewhere, heavy industrial sounds are used as percussive texture; mixed with forceful electronics and dramatic instrumental passages, they create a complex and textured series of compositions.

"Rich textural pieces constructed from an unnotatable, intricate interplay of percussive squeals, scrapes and rattles, parched and pitchless woodwinds, and dislocated keyboards on the evidence here, this gifted composer and ensemble clearly merit wider recognition."

  • The Wire

"Here are supposedly stylistic affinities between early Nurse With Wound and Detoni's music. Listen, and discover them!"

  • The Sound Projector 8

"I hear cartoon samples, African tribal music, harpsichords, music boxes, glockenspiel, symphonic loops, operatic bluster and skronk. 70 minutes, highest recommendation!"

  • Other Music

"From an artist who worked a long career in obscurity, listeners now have a document of vital and challenging work, thanks to the reissue bringing this out of the secret corners of Eastern European music."

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