Fabulous Diamonds II CD

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Released June 2010 (CH77)


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Drummer/vocalist Nisa Venerosa and keyboardist Jarrod Zlatic make overtly hypnotic music, full of lulling, sensual repetition, but with an edge of irritation, an undercurrent of friction that cuts through the drone and propels the songs forward.
Fabulous Diamonds II begins with Nisa yelling at Jarrod as he counts in the first track, but they still start together in perfect unison. It’s this combination of tension and intuitive understanding that makes Fabulous Diamonds so special.
They’ve been playing and arguing together for more than five years now, and their musical bond has grown deeper and more expansive since their 2008 debut Fabulous Diamonds. That album made it into revered UK mag The Wire’s top albums of the year, and got glowing reviews from the likes of Pitchfork and The Fader.
But this new record is still a remarkable development. Of its five untitled tracks, two extend well past the ten minute mark, sustaining a kind of grumpy intensity that never lags.
The album was recorded with budding producer Mikey Young of Eddy Current Suppression Ring, and was mastered by Qua’s Cornel Wilczek. Like their first album, it will be released on vinyl by venerable US label Siltbreeze.
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