Carla Bozulich needs no introduction. Her work with Ethyl Meatplow, The Geraldine Fibbers, Scarnella, The Red-Headed Stranger (with Willie Nelson) and many others spans over twenty years of uncompromising sound, driven by a voice and vision that consistently delivers spine-tingling beauty, originality and directness. This album (her first on Constellation, and the label’s first release by a non-regional artist) is a devastating, elegiac, brutally honest song cycle that finds her voice unleashed with unprecedented emotive depth and determination. Evangelista is heartrending and gutwrenching, with isolation and desperation redeemed by incantatory sonics and out-reaching, soul-saving words. One damn compelling exorcism of a record, churning and channeling out of loneliness to heal and rebuild connective tissue through sound.
Carla came to Montreal to record the album with Efrim at the original Hotel2Tango in coldest wintertime, with multi-instrumentalist and co-producer Shahzad Ismaily at her side, and a pocketful of beautiful noises and loops prepared back home in L.A. Various guest players added strings, guitars, drums, organ, piano, hums and other sounds.
1. Evangelista I
2. Steal Away
3. How To Survive Being Hit By LIghtning
4. Inside Sleeps
5. Baby, That’s The Creeps
7. Prince Of The World
8. Nels’ Box
9. Evangelista II
Running time: 00:44:58
LP is pressed on 180g audiophile vinyl and comes in a thick printed jacket with 2 artwork and credits inserts.
CD comes in a custom paperboard mini-gatefold jacket with a printed CD dust sleeve and fold-out artwork and credits insert.
Shahzad Ismaily: guitar, drums, casio, voice
GUESTSJessica Moss: violin on TRACKS 1 + 6; singing on TRACK 7
Gen Heistek: viola on TRACK 1
Beckie Foon: cello on TRACK 1
Nadia Moss: organ on TRACKS 1,2, 5 + 6
Thierry Amar: contrabass on TRACKS 1, 2 + 6
Ian Ilavsky: bass on TRACK 6
Erika Anderson: guitar on TRACK 6
Ezra Buchla: sound patches on TRACK 5; viola on TRACK 6 + 8, mandolin on TRACK 7
Corey Fogel: drums on TRACK 6
Efrim: piano on TRACK 2, rain on TRACK 3, guitar on TRACK 9
Jessica, Sophie, Gen, Shahzad, Efrim and Jon Claude: hums on TRACK 3
Tuffy: sneezes, purrs, meowings on TRACK 4
Recorded at Hotel2Tango in Montreal by Efrim, winter 2005-2006. Additional tweaking by Carla at home. Co-produced by Carla and Shahzad Ismaily. Mastered at Grey Market by Harris Newman.