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ARTIST
TITLE
Wired Stuff
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
WIRED 001CD WIRED 001CD
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RELEASE DATE
4/4/2006

This is Berlin-based Heidi Mortenson's debut release on her own label, Wired Records. After a Danish childhood spent listening to her dad fixing cars while her mom played organ, Mortenson discovered all things electronic and moved to Barcelona to start an intense, self-study of machines, quickly becoming an integrated part of the electronic underground scene. She began recording herself singing inside a washing machine and through a walkie-talkie -- even rebuilding a telephone receiver into a microphone. Through this sort of rule-bending experimentation, Mortenson became a one-woman band, playing concerts that continue to offer a mix of tomboytronica, electrosoul and dirtyrocking nu-techpop with songs driven on beats and a full-powered voice. Think harmonies, rhythm n' bass and crisp cut-up sound patches. Live on stage she makes use of instruments, machines, effect-units, computers and special built microphones. Add emotional overdrive, a mentalist flavor and lots of energy. Wired Stuff includes ten songs which were created in Barcelona and Berlin with reflections on urban life, emotional disturbance, mental spins, solitude, love and loss. Most of the songs are narrative and melodic with crunchy beats and impulsive figurines of sound that come together in a detailed production. The album is fresh and goes deep; the harmonic spectrum is fully exploited and there's a good energy in the dynamic playfulness of the sounds. Most importantly, Heidi's full-powered voice is the central ingredient.