Wednesday, July 06, 2011

This Arrington de Dionyso album may or may not be Worth It.

He even kind of LOOKS like he's in the Magic Band.

Really it depends on how much you like to hear Indonesian throat singing and bass clarinets. If that's something you want every once in a while, Suara Naga is an album for you! Here's part of what I said at PopMatters:

Arrington de Dionyso sings like Diamanda Galás if she had the range of Johnny Cash and spoke Indonesian. With his band Malaikat dan Singa (“Angels and Lions”), he sounds kind of like Captain Beefheart, if the Magic Band had a less interesting rhythm section—and if Beefheart, God rest his soul, sang in Indonesian. De Dionyso is sort of like a throat-singing Chris D. of the Flesh Eaters… Whatever, did I mention this guy sings in Indonesian? It’s not his native language. He learned it to impress a girl. He’s like some art-freak version of Eat, Pray, Love.

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