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Album Review

A chill-inspiring album, kind of like Edward Gorey's Ghashlycrumb Tinies on acid. Experimental noise troupe Alva creates the kind of haunting sounds you might hear while camping in The Blair Witch's woods, interspersing dark chamber ensemble pieces with looping, terrifying moans and wails. While not for the timid, Slattery for Ungdom has moments of horrifying brilliance, particularly the loose, ambling instrumental pieces "Oon Ong" and "Charochta" that might be circus music for a Tod Browning film or parlor music for The House of Usher. Most appropriate near the end of October, Slattery for Ungdom is gothic music in the truest sense of the word.


Genre: Dance

Years Active: '00s

The members of Alva met in Tampa, Florida, in 1990 and formed a band that defies comparison. Playing music grounded in acoustic and wind instruments, including violin, sax, piano, and bone flute, Alva released their debut album, Fair-Haired Guillotine, on the Avant label in 1997. Liza Wakeman (ex-Chocolate USA), Michelle Anderson, and Aida Ruilova are the original and continuing members of the band. In late 1997, Anderson appeared on a release by Neutral Milk...
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