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Album Review

The dreamy pop on Lida Husik's Bozo, released by Shimmy Disc in 1991, prefigured the music Beth Orton (post-Chemical Brothers) and Lori Carson (post-Golden Palominos) would be making only a few years later, but (unfortunately) to less acclaim. Like those singer/songwriters, Husik wraps her pleasing, somewhat dusky voice around off-kilter lyrics, buffeted by hazy guitars, percussive beats, and the occasional organ bleat. On some songs, such as "Hateful Hippy Girls," she seems to have been possessed by the spirit of Hyaena-era Siouxsie Sioux, singing in a lower register over musical backing that sounds vaguely sinister. The highlight of the set is the trippy "Farmhouse," which samples surly, raspy-voiced bartender Louis "Red" Deutsch of Tube Bar fame ("Who you wanna talk to?!"), basis of a long running joke on The Simpsons. Shimmy Disc founder Kramer (Bongwater) produced the recording with his trademark airy, atmospheric touch. ~ Kathleen C. Fennessy, Rovi


Born: 1963 in Washington D.C.

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

Singer/songwriter Lida Husik's music has shifted several times since she began recording in the early '90s. Starting with 1991's Bozo, she recorded three albums for one of New York's most prominent independent labels, Shimmy Disc. Husik played all the instruments except drums on these albums, which also include 1992's Your Bag and the following year's Red Emma. Though these early works focused on Husik's ethereal, psychedelic indie pop, she also experimented with...
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