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ARTIST
TITLE
She Traded Her Leg
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
LONA 020CD LONA 020CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
12/12/2006

This is Georgia-based Jeffrey Bützer's debut release on Lona Records. Behind Bützer's command of an impressive array of instruments (piano, glockenspiel, guitar, drums, xylophone, bass, banjo, autoharp, ocarina, melodica, accordion, harmonica... and the list goes on) lies an even greater penchant for experimentation and a deep appreciation for a wide range of musical styles. Seeming at first like a jolly dose of gypsy or circus music, She Traded Her Leg quickly strikes a chord with its particular brand of percussive lo-fi minimalism tinged with cinematic overtones. And while such "baroque" leanings may seem, to the uninitiated, as the unfocused wanderings of a musician with his finger in too many pies, it is only necessary to hear the play of melodic lines in tracks like "Wooden Giraffe" and "Broken Blunderbuss" to appreciate the uniqueness of Bützer's musical voice. On the second half of the album (named "One Hundred and Sixty Three Black Bubbles"), things gradually start to take a more introspective turn, with the insertion of gamelan-inspired rhythmic elements, violin and autoharp noises; culminating in the longest track of the album "Her Body is a Swamp." From the circus to the heart of darkness -- Bützer's genre-defying album is hard to beat for its playfulness and sophistication.