Minds will be blown.
Conceptual sound art isn’t exactly the first genre that springs to mind when talking about MC and The Bug-collaborator Warrior Queen (aka Annette Henry), but that’s exactly what she’s ended up making with her bizarre feature on avant garde composer Marina Rosenfeld‘s brand new track ‘Hard Love’. Culled from the Room40 LP P.A./Hard Love, the collaboration was apparently Rosenfeld’s idea, and found her flying out to Jamaica to record with Henry in Kingston.
The results are typically bizarre, and unlike anything you’re likely to have heard from Warrior Queen before – although there’s initially the backbone of a recognizable ragga rhythm, this is been blessed by corroded electronics, jangling metals and peculiar sounds apparently derived from virtuoso cellist Okkyung Lee’s source material.
Somehow what could be an awkward collision of sounds actually works unexpectedly well, with Henry’s vocals providing a bizarre but totally appropriate focal point for an intriguing set of post-apocalyptic electronics. If there’s a more unexpected yet perfect collaboration this year, we’ve not heard it.
P.A./Hard Love is out now on Room40. [via Boomkat]