Effi Briest
Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn
Apr 7 2007
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Brooklyn female musical collective Effi Briest are named after a 19th century German fictional anti-heroine, a victim of circumstance whose spirit nevertheless survives intact. As one might expect, though joyfully played, there is an undercurrent of melancholy in their music. There have been comparisons to early Siousxie, but it's primitive animism is as evocative of late period Slits. Still a comparatively young band they are definitely evolving their own identity. Playing at the opening of 'in the end, the endless line' - a group art show at Secret Project Robot - the buzz was evident and they pulled a big crowd. The original Effi's misfortune was to be forced into an unsuitable marriage, and then adultery. Appropiately, Newly-Weds Song - the band's opening number, a cover of the late native-american jazzer Jim Pepper and written by his dad - is a declaration of desire directed at just such a person in just such a situation (first clip). Despite the occasional howl of feedback from the PA, the last song of the set 'Mirror Rim' (second clip) with it's dubby drum & bass, skinny reggae guitar, backwards acoustic counterpoint, accordion, syncopating percussion, chanting vocals, seems a fair indication of where the band is headed.

Clicking the images will take you to the tunes on YouTube. The h.264's are iPod-ready. There is a DVD. Thanks to Kiiiiii for stage decorations.

capture captain: joly
date posted: 4/14/07

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