Elizabeth Anka Vajagic – Nostalgia/Pain
Elizabeth Anka Vajagic followed up her 2004 debut full-length with two long-form incantations channeled through the full range of her blistering, astoundingly intimate voice. As the title suggests, Vajagic cuts deep into a couple of timeless themes, with both title pieces featuring extended instrumental and noise passages. “Nostalgia” and “Pain” were both recorded by Howard Bilerman at the original Hotel2Tango during the sessions for Stand With The Stillness Of This Day, and allowed seasoned improv-noise players like Sam Shalabi (guitar), Michel Langevin (drums) and Fluffy Erskine (bowed objects) to stretch out and serve up a harrowing skronk. The EP closes with a 4-track home recording done in dead of winter, at the end of 2004. These are chilling vocal lamentations framed by sometimes ghostly, sometimes galloping sonic texture. From quivering falsetto to guttural glissando, Vajagic’s voice gets a complete workout on these long, immersive songs. A pure, direct and unflinching emotional document that completes the song cycle begun with her debut album, and will wring the hearts of fans and newcomers alike.
3. Beneath Quiet Mornings
Running time: 00:33:38
LP is pressed on 180g audiophile vinyl, and comes in a thick paperboard jacket with foil-stamped cover artwork and 12"x12" credits insert.
CD comes in a custom paperboard mini-gatefold jacket with a printed CD dust sleeve and credits insert.
Michel Langevin: drums
Marc Peetsma: bass
GUESTSFluffy, Efrim, Sam
Recorded and mixed at the Hotel2Tango in Montreal by Howard Bilerman during the sessions for Stand With The Stillness Of This Day (CST029). TRACK 3 recorded at home on 4-track, Fall 2004. Mastered at Grey Market in Montreal by Harris Newman.