Thursday 29 May 2014
Little Women - DISCOGRAPHY
2007 - 2013
Review by Brayden Bagnall
Genre/s: Avant Garde, Jazzcore, Noise Rock
For Fans Of: Last Exit, Naked City, Borbetomagus, Ornette Coleman
Jazz and all it's many, many wonderful forms are often overlooked by those in search of fucked up, scary music - which is unfortunate, as the genre has spawned some of the most cacophonic, dissonant recordings in the history of music.
Case in point: Little Women.
Little Women are a jazz quartet out of Brooklyn, New York comprised of two saxophonists (alto and tenor), a guitarist and a drummer. While they may be confined to instruments typically known for jazz, Little Women's compositions include elements of punk, math rock, noise rock and more typical jazz, all translated into some sort of hellish skronk nightmare. Better yet are the tracks where the band members incorporate vocals, never before have I heard such frightening, eerie sounds escape the mouth of a human being.
Deliberately jarring, and objectively transcendental - Little Women's music teeters precariously on the line between chaos and order, with delicate subdued passages the buffer between the chaotic, improvisations that dominate these recordings. This band gives whole new meaning to the word 'sporadic' and it seems a little offensive to use the word 'unpredictable' because somehow, I think these guys knew exactly what they were doing.
You don't have to like jazz to like this - anyone with a profound appreciation for challenging music will be able to enjoy this, and on the flip side, jazz aficionados may find an entry point into the world of noise. Either way, Little Women are a force to be reckoned with, and further proof that avant-garde music can and always will run circles around other 'heavy' genres with their vicious, alienating and completely unrelenting compositions.