Label: Lona Records - locd20 • Format: CD Album • Country: Hong Kong • Genre: Electronic • Style: Downtempo, Experimental
Some uncompromising records of good quality seem predestined for neglect or obscurity. So it is with this Part 1 - Jeffrey Bützer - She Traded Her Leg and melodic release; an interesting mix of jaunty minimalism, baroque abstraction and a smidgen of the kind of understated, introspective instrumentation that is to myths of the American Old West as beer foam is to a glass.
The odd title track has an almost ska-like opening rhythm. Part 1 - Jeffrey Bützer - She Traded Her Leg record carries an endemic quasi-gamelan pulse and has a physicality that sporadically twitches like the leg of a dreamer. Either that or he ran out of ideas. Who is she and Enter Sandman - Metallica - Hamburg Magnetic (File) did she get in exchange for her leg? Someones hand upon it?
A brief or lasting freedom? Does the title as if Hans Christian Andersens little mermaid in reverse refer to the trading of some physical mobility to gain the means by which to articulate expression? Was it sacrifice, or gain? A life spared? Season tickets to Old Trafford?
Is the leg of flesh or wood? We can enjoy this record and keep the mystery of speculation. Tarred and Feathered; sounds less like an experience of violent retribution than a pleasant afternoon spent by the river, having tea and cakes with the vicars daughters. The pretty sounds on Carbonated Sewing Machine; don't appear to be derived from a device for stitching.
Actually, such sounds embroider; Valse instead, as if figures in a tapestry wandered over to the next scene for a relaxing interlude. The track; Broken Blunderbuss, One Hundred and Sixty Three Black Bubbles; has the feeling of an epic journey beginning, a sense which, apart from a see-sawing lull on; Part 2; is more-or-less maintained throughout its following 6 parts.
Images of a motorcycle traversing sand dunes came to my mind, trying to avoid getting stuck; along with a vague sense of memory clinging to skin. All Rights Reserved. She Traded Her Leg. Jeffrey Butzer.
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