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ARTIST
TITLE
Soliloquy
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
STRIKE 067CD STRIKE 067CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
11/22/2005

French chanteuse Judith Juillerat presents her impressive debut album, fittingly called Soliloquy. For those quick to compare one can already mention her in the same breath along with Barbara Morgenstern or Gustav. Judith's electronic songwriting feeds off of a rich repertoire of whimsical musical figures and fancy tousled sounds. But in its perfect aesthetic balance it resembles imaginatively superimposed calligraphies in which every single sweep and stroke, each twist and turn, leads to an inspiring, meaningful expression. Soliloquy arrests attention with a paradoxical casualness that develops an irresistible attraction. An almost compelling voyeuristic element can hardly be dismissed while listening. You become an ear-witness attending an unexpected occasion of intimate and stirring moments. Melodies composed with little bugs, a mature composure in tempo, the intertwining free flow, plus freely interfering fragments unfolding an oppressive yet unrestrained beauty, all beckon to question the back-breaking, overly styled pettiness of daily routines. Judith finds her musical expression through improvisation and spontaneity, and she cites artists such as Can, Amon Düül, Einstürzende Neubauten, Tarwater or Apparat as sources of inspiration. It should not go unmentioned that Soliloquy was produced without a computer. Playing with old and new analog and digital synthesizers and beat boxes, a mini-sampler, effect machines, a microphone as well as acoustic instruments such as the piano and guitar. Track by track, she puts her songs and soundscapes together using a multi-track recorder. Whether this kind of old school production technique can be understood as the reason for the maturity of her music remains to be seen.