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Alphawezen

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Under their nom de guerre ‘Alphawezen’ respectively Ernst Wawra and his singing comrades-in-arms Asu, Verena, Simone and Fred show with the third album “Comme Vous Voulez” their expertise in the weird and wonderful world of electro-apparatus again. A typical Alphawezen recording session is less like a composer’s studio session than a conspirative get-together, replete with elated twitterings and chirpings, murmured and whispered exchanges of secrets and piquant remarks. The reward for this courteous treatment of the machines resonates through the very first track: “Green Eyes” is possessed of a complex and magical melancholy peculiar to creatures who, after centuries of slavery, have at long last been proffered a helping hand (namely, Mr. Wawra’s nimble-fingered one). The masterfully interwoven melodies, which have become hallmarks of Alphawezen’s music, evoke en passant delectable scenes in the mind’s eye of the attentive listener.

In this case it’s the iridescent self-abnegating “tears in rain” that android replicant Roy Batty talks about so movingly in the movie Blade Runner. But the forceful string theme at the close of the piece intimates that some day the machines might no longer take their exploitation “lying down”, as it were.
We can only hope compassionate voices like Asu’s here will then assuage their rage: “Hush, hush, let’s get lost,” she sings, or rather whispers, to us on the second track, “Gun Song”.

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